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The Red ConvertibleA Connection Between Brothers The problematic moment in the short story The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich is the death of the older brother Henry Jr by suicide It is clear to see the dramatic change that he undergoes after the war and there are many events that foreshadow his deathwhen his boots fill up with water The main character in the story is Lyman Lamartine the lucky younger brother He has a knack for making money He even becomes the manager of a local restaurant at the age of sixteen Henry on the other hand is not so lucky as he is called to fight in Vietnam Lyman makes the comment at one point I always had good luck with numbers and never worried about the draft myself But Henry was never lucky in the same way as me Erdrich 1030 Before the war the two brothers have an extremely close relationship with one another The one object that brings them closer together is the red convertible They each paid their share of the car and own it together We went places in that car me and Henry We took off driving all one whole summer 1029 At the end of the summer when the boys return home is when they find out that Henry has been called to war Before he leaves he gives full ownership of the car to Lyman I believe Henry does this just in case he doesnt come back home Lyman knows this is the reason as well but he tries avoiding the thought and says laughing Thanks for the extra key Ill put it up in your drawer just in case I need it 1030 Lyman doesnt want to entertain the idea of losing his brother at all Henry returns home from Vietnam for the final time three years later after the enemy caught him 1030 The war changes him for the worse
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