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When a reader hears the title The Red Convertible heshe thinks summer road trips and driving fast on the open roads However this is the story about a man that is mentally damaged by the events of the war and also how it effects his whole family Henry was a happy loving and sane man before being drafted but when he came back he was a completely different person The war effected Henry in a way that many of our soldiers were effected and it went a lot deeper then medicine can go The red in The Red Convertible is directly related to the blood violence and despair that caused Henry to take his own life Henry had many obstacles that he never seemed able to overcome The transition from the army life back into the house hold life was very hard It seemed as if Henry forgot how to be himself and was transformed into someone else during the war The only things that Henry could accomplish were watching TV and working on the convertible Even watching TV got dangerous Once I was in the room watching TV with Henry and I heard his teeth click at something I looked over and hed bitten through his lip Henry was very tense ever since returning home from the war The memories of the war were stuck into his head Henry can not get out of the war even when returning home His illness is mental and there isnt a drug to cure it Henrys battles against his own mind is the real cause of his death Suicide allowed Henry to become himself again and overcome his obstacles Louse Erdrich explains that Henry suffers from a illness that is mental rather than physical Henrys mother is aware of this when she says They dont fix them in those places they just give them drugs Many Native Americans used herbal remedies as medication In Henrys case it
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