The title itself invokes imagery of youth and freedom. The story focuses on how their relationship changes over a period of time and discretely how the red convertible car they both bond over reflects those changes in their relationship throughout that period. The war seemed to have changed Henry's personality. The main characters in the story, Lyman and Henry Lamartine, are brothers that develop a seemingly inseparable bond through a car; a red convertible. They perceive life on the reservation as an ongoing circle with a harmonious atmosphere. Lyman also fixed the car up for Henry. They make sacrifices that would be hard to explain if you did not understand the importance of family.
The story takes place in North Dakota on an Indian Reservation where Henry lives with his brother Lyman. Sadly, these changes are not good as they focus on the effects Henry Jr. They stopped and enjoyed their freedom on the road at every chance they got, and loved every minute of the trip together as brothers. The story begins with the narrator Lyman, the younger of the two brothers telling the tale of a carefree summer in which the brothers purchase an old convertible and traveled, followed by many more encounters the brothers share. It is a known in many cultures that any type of spreading of arms or cross-like pose has been a great key for the theme sacrifice.
One summer, they travel all over the Great Plains, into Canada, even up to Alaska in the car without a care in the world. Lyman and their mother consider taking him to a doctor, but the only doctor nearby used to court their mother, and they fear her rejection of the doctor would lead him to mistreat Henry. Living on a reservation where the people did not have much of anything, they were the first to own a convertible, and they were young and searching for adventure. First it was published in 1984. With the name in the title, it is only natural that the convertible plays a very important role in the short story. Bonita is the younger sister of Lyman and Henry. This shows the time when they had a close relationship.
Now Henry owns the whole car, and his younger brother Lyman that's myself , Lyman walks everywhere he goes. They decide to drive her back home. At the start, Victor defined himself as an Indian, but later on he distances himself from the label. Henry then goes off to the Vietnam War after being picked up by Marine recruiters. The color red has numerous symbolic meanings. The two of them got along, met people, camped, and experienced life through the convertible.
We got home just in time. During the whole road trip the brothers were very content with each other. When they returned home, Henry was drafted into the army. Although her Native American heritage is very prevalent in her writing, she is influenced by western ways. Two brothers, who are very close, bought a red convertible together. With the name in the title, it is only natural that the convertible plays a very important role in the short story.
In the beginning the condition of the convertible was fantastic. Lyman and his mother think about what to do for Henry. This is shown very intensely in this story. Probably he could commit suicide much before, but he could not leave the car broken. Symbolism is used very heavily on this story, and as suggested by the title, the red convertible is quite important, it quickly becomes a symbol of the brothers relationship in many ways, including the representation of Henry's health, as well as both bringing them together, and simultaneously ending the bond. Lyman goes in to attempt to rescue his brother with no luck.
The story is told in first person by the main character Lyman. Henry put his whole sole in this car. Final Thoughts This story is steeped in verbal irony. Symbolism The main tool of author symbolism is the red color. .
As Lyman and Henry load the trunk with a full cooler, Lyman gets the same feeling. Henry admits that he knows that Lyman destroyed the car on purpose, and tries to get Lyman to take the car and own it in full. Another theme of the story is the Native American culture in the modern world. In this case, the effects are psychological. The Lamartine family lives on a reservation, just as Erdrich's did. Erdrich begins with the back story of the narrator, and how he and his brother obtain the convertible.
At the end, when Henry drowns and is lost forever, Lyman pushes the car into the river to sink with him, representing that the connection that they once had is now drowned, dead, and lost forever. The story covers the relationship between the brothers from the rime when they buy the red convertible to the time when Henry and the convertible drown in a raging river Dorris, Edrich and Chavkin 14. Over a month later, Henry confronts Lyman about the state of the car, and Lyman goads him into fixing the car himself. They meet a girl named Susy with long, flowing hair that almost touches the ground and stay with her family for a season. Despite his errors and misfortune, what was done served a purpose. After Henry's death in the river, Lyman lets the car go into the waters. Lyman also suggests that Henry would object to going to a hospital, which may be because of the silencing and stigma around illness, mental illness in particular.