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The Character Development of Marty, the Narrator in Best Western, and Jack in the Literary Works of Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich Louise Erdrich develops her characters mostly by thoughts and actions. There is little dialogue in her short stories, but there is still a lot of character development. Some of the characters that stood out the most to me were: Marty, the narrator in “Best Western”, and Jack. Marty is Stephan’s younger brot...
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A Comparison of the Similarities and Differences in Sexuality and Secrecy Between a Man and His Wife in The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki and Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
When exploring the two similar works, The Key, by Junichiro Tanizaki; and Shadow Tag, by Louise Erdrich, finding the deeper meaning in both is what truly separates them. Not only do these works have striking similarities such as relying on the sexuality and secrecy between a man and his wife, but through deeper observation,...
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Women Empowerment in House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Within the works of Cisneros’s, “House on Mango Street”, Erdrich’s, “Love Medicine”, there is a pattern that the main women within the novels follow to help them achieve peace and empowerment for themselves, their culture, and the woman within their culture. When we take a look at the elements that defy the very being of th...
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The Transformation of Henry's Reaction to the Color Red in The Red Convertible, a Short Story by Louise Erdrich
In the short story, The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich, Henry Lamartine is a free-spirited and loving older brother. Henry and his younger brother, Lyman, buy a convertible sports car together and go jet setting across their country. Later in the story, Henry is sent off to the war in Vietnam, only to return as a depre...
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The Issue of Violence Against Women Through the Eyes of a 13 Year Old Boy, Joe in The Round House, a Novel by Louise Erdrich
In her novel The Round House, Louise Erdrich makes the interesting choice of taking on serious issues of violence against women through the perspective of a 13-year-old boy—Joe. Because the center of the drama is in actuality focused on Joe’s mother (Geraldine) and the author herself is a woman, it is natural to wonder why...
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The Brotherly Bond in Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin and the Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich
Brothers’ Bond In “Sonny’s Blues,” by James Baldwin and “The Red Convertible,” by Louise Erdrich, both protagonists struggle to overcome certain obstacles in an attempt to understand and help their brothers with their hardships, hoping to form or rebuild a brotherly bond. Sonny from “Sonny’s Blues” and Henry from “The Red...
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The Criticism of War in the Red Convertible, a Short story by Louise Erdrich
On the Topic of “The Red Convertible” Despite the romanticized glorification of war by some, reality has proven that war causes detrimental loss and the damnation of lives long beyond conflict’s physical grasp. War, beside any conceived necessity, justifiably carries connotations of supreme loss. Of course the los...
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The Portrayal of an Outside Character in the Stories of the Book, The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich and in the Novel, Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Examine the ways in which rebels, outsiders, or characters alienated in some other way from their society, have been presented in the works you have studied. In the works “The Painted Drum” as well as in “Remains of the Day” both Louise Erdrich and Kazuo Ishiguro use a stylistic voice to portray an outside character (Faye...
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Personality Change in the Short Story The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich
In The Red convertible by Louise Erdrich, she shows how war can change a person's personality and their lifestyle. It is said that when a man returns from war, he is changed forever whether the changes are for the good or the worse. The author vividly describes how the protagonist of the story, Henry Jr., had a major change...
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A Literary Analysis of the Relationship Between Two Brothers in The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich
The Red Convertible Louise Erdrich authored the literary work of “The Red Convertible”. Enrich illustrates the relationship of the two brothers Lyman and Henry who shared similar interest; however they did seem to get along after Henry returned home from war. During their young adulthood, they were separated by a distance...
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An Analysis of Literary Styles in I'm a Mad Dog Biting Myself for Sympathy by Louise Erdrich
Emotion is a powerful force in humanity. It is the perfect mixture of chemical reactions and stimuli that enables us to either progress or digress in life. Human emotion is something to be regarded with reverence. The evidence of a great author is an emotionally raw reader. When the adventure and personal growth of a charac...
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An Analysis of the Symbols of Brotherhood and Henry's Mental State in Louise Erdrich's The Red Convertible
The Red Convertible: Symbols of Brotherhood and Henry’s Mental State Louise Erdrich wrote many short stories, but the one that really stands out to me was the “The Red Convertible”, it’s a very interesting short story, which is filled with different symbols and themes. Lyman and Henry bought their first car, and it was t...
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A Story of Family and Culture in the Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich
The Red Convertible is a story that symbolizes thought. It is a story of family as well as culture. It is a story that asks a lot of questions, questions that don t have answers. Did Henry commit suicide? What is the role of the convertible? Many questions, no answers. The dialogue used in the story is different, than other...
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The Elements Supporting the Theme of Brotherhood in "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich
Vanished Brotherhood In the short story “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich, you will find some important elements that are integral to the support and development of the theme brotherhood. First, you will see how the road trip gives a lesson in the story. Second, you will discover how the war affected the relationship...
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The Theme of a Car in Louise Erdrich's The Red Convertible
Often times, an inanimate object can be as important and sometimes more important than the characters of the story. In Louise Erdrich's "The Red Convertible," the car played an equally important role with that of the characters, but for different reasons. Two brothers, Lyman and Henry, had very little in common o...
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An Analysis of Dealing With the Indigenous People in Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
Since the beginning of colonization of America, there has been the problem of dealing with the indigenous people of the land. After the first attempts in eradicating the population, the American government changed its policy to integration. It is this integration into white society and the severance from the Indian cult...
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Character Analysis in the Book Tales of Burning Love by Louise Erdrich
The book Tales of Burning Love that Louise Erdrich has been writing for ten years, is a novel that takes place in Argus, North Dakota. In which no time period was written. Jack Mauser is the main character in this book. Some other characters include: June Morrissey, Dot Nanapush, Eleanor, Candice, and Marlis. Jack Mauser,...
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A Comparison of "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia and "Fleur" by Louise Erdrich in Using Supernatural Illustrations to Fantasy Works
Fantasy is uninhibited imagination, magical realism is the art of producing effects beyond human power by supernatural means, a myth is a traditional story, or legend that concerns a superhuman being without always being based in fact. * The stories, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” by Gabriel Garcia, and “Fleur,” by L...
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A Literary Analysis of Tracks by Louise Erdrich
Two Lives Paralleled by God In the book Tracks, written by Louise Erdrich we meet various characters, including Pauline. As we hear stories about her life and circumstances that she encountered and overcame, we gain insight into the life of a woman who fought to gain acceptance in a world where no one would accept her. As...
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An Analysis of the Writing Style Employed by Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich, the author of the famous poem titled Captivity, tells a story about a married mother who has been held captive by a tribe of Indians. The poem uses a wide variety of literary elements such as sympathy, guilt, submissiveness, and tentativeness. The two main themes of this first person, six-stanza poem, are lo...
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An Analysis of Two Lives Paralleled by God in Tracks by Louise Erdrich
Two Lives Paralleled by God In the book Tracks, written by Louise Erdrich we meet various characters, including Pauline. As we hear stories about her life and circumstances that she encountered and overcame, we gain insight into the life of a woman who fought to gain acceptance in a world where no one would accept her. As...
1,570 words
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A Literary Analysis of the Tales of Burning Love by Louise Erdrich
The book Tales of Burning Love that Louise Erdrich has been writing for ten years, is a novel that takes place in Argus, North Dakota. In which no time period was written. Jack Mauser is the main character in this book. Some other characters include: June Morrissey, Dot Nanapush, Eleanor, Candice, and Marlis. Jack Mauser,...
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The Native American Culture in the Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich
The Native American Culture in "The Red Convertible" In the short story "The Red Convertible," by Louise Erdrich, the author, contrasts the old way of life versus the new. Erdrich does this through metaphorical symbols: the color red, convertible, summer trip, and the "fancy" dance Henry perf...
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An Analysis of the Themes of Guilt and Sympathy in Captivity by Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich, the author of the famous poem titled Captivity, tells a story about a married mother who has been held captive by a tribe of Indians. The poem uses a wide variety of literary elements such as sympathy, guilt, submissiveness, and tentativeness. The two main themes of this first person, six-stanza poem, ar...
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A Literary Analysis of from Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich The earth was full of life and there were dandelions growing out the window, thick as thieves, already seeded, fat as big yellow plungers. She let my hand go. I got up. "I'll go out and dig a few dandelions," I told her. Outside, the sun was hot and heavy as a hand on my back. I felt it flow dow...
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