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Generalized Conflicts in This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix Arizona Literature often mirrors life In This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix Arizona Sherman Alexie explores life by including generally recognized conflicts Although typical the conflicts that Victor encounters occur in more than one aspect of life at once and are all intertwined Some are resolvable but true to life some are not The most apparent conflict in the story is the inter-personal conflict between Thomas Builds the Fire and Victor As children they got into a fistfight As adults though they would often see each other on the reservation but they would rarely speak to each other since Victor has learned to ignore Thomas These types of disagreements between friends are commonplace Nevertheless Victor does agree to ride with Thomas to Arizona and this is the first step to resolving the conflict During the trip Victor apologizes for the fight and begins to accept Thomas for who he is In an attempt to relinquish any grudges Victor agrees to hear just one more story He gives their friendship one more chance Yet the conflict between Thomas and Victor leads to a more subtle struggle the conflict that Victor has within himself Victor seemingly fights Victor for no reason at all Later it is revealed that he was just drunk and angry Due to Victors internal frustration he projects his anger onto Thomas It is no anomaly in society for people to misplace their anger on someone else especially someone perceived as weaker Victor is irritated with Thomas but not because of any wrongdoings on Thomas behalf it is simply because Thomas is a constant reminder of what he is not Thomas is comfortable with himself while Victor is not Moreover Thomas is a living symbol of Native American culture he is a storyteller a role that holds much significance An example of this is during the plane ride when Victor
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