“Dear John Wayne”: Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie Louise Erdrich, “Dear John Wayne” (Prentice-Hall) Sherman Alexie Reading “Dear John Wayne”. A native American, Sherman Alexie was raised on a reservation, One of his short stories, “Dear John Wayne”, describes a fantasy affair the. “The Toughest Indian in the World” by Sherman Alexie the year-old Spokane Indian star of “Dear John Wayne,” the most crowd-pleasing.

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At the end of each short story, I longed to know more about the lives of the protagonists, other than the few glimpses I had been allowed.

At one point a character says, “I just want to tell the whole story,” and I do think this is part of Alexie’s writing, to write everything in the American Indian experience, including the ugly parts. But I can definitely laugh.

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She slept with it outside when her children were taken from her and it kept her wajne in the winter. The men who save her in her first drowning have dreadful ends, as does the man curious enough to look into the eyes of a girl everyone assumed was dead.

When his grandmother passed away, it seems like he lost part of his sense of self since she was such a large influence on his life growing up. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. The characters evoke my dream of homesick nostalgia for the West – rugged, isolated dreamers every one.

It still gave Ayah strength and comfort. This is why Momaday writes in wayme three different distinctive voices that all have the same tone.


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In the story, Wayne, whom Alexie portrays as a thoughtful feminist, tells his sons: Zitkala-Sa, also known as Gertrude Bonnin, was a famous Yankton Sioux native who published several books and worked actively for native rights in the United States.

No, more like Alexie is just tuned in to the natural humor and irony of being human, and more particularly Indian, in the late 20th Century. Those phrases were italicized to emphasize the oral tradition. October 7,Spokane, Washington. Although the anthropologist is always visiting or researching some aspect of Indianness, he or she is always on the outside of the community studied.

It is these tales that are orally passed that have been written down in memory. Jan 30, Jamie rated it it was amazing. I love Sherman Alexie’s writing. Race plays a major role — white people are advantaged and Indians are disadvantaged.

The story might have been more powerful without the question-and-answer format, and written through the point of view of the fascinating, elderly woman, as in Katherine Anne Porter’s classic short story of remembrance, “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.

Race and racial relations really captivate me, and I love Alexie’s honesty.

There was one particular jonh in this book that affected me because I felt my life was in these pages and it scared me a little. May 31, Glen Stott rated it really liked it Shelves: I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to know this Alexie book exists.

One of the narrators was the character who was watching the movie with his or her friends.


Imagery flooded both, sarcasm lined words, and metaphors embedded in the text gave hint to the true issues that each addressed. Please sign in with Facebook or Google below: The crow is the pivotal character in the poem, representing the Native American people. Mosquitos thirst is for blood.

Provide specific examples and details from the texts in your answer. They are fascinated with each other as an Other, and at the same time, they feel threatened by their very fascination for each other, as though they were violating their own tribal-national-ethnic identity Zizek It was one remark that actually led Etta to become infatuated with Wayne.

The winds dewr your brothers, they sing to you. I found this collection of short stories about various Native American related themes overall interesting, if only in the idea of juxtaposing related themes on a central topic.

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Alexie is an award-winning and prolific author and occasional comedian. Especially thought-provoking in this one was the way in which Alexie tries to tease apart the emotional needs of closeness to another human being, and the sexual aspects of that closeness. The reason the poet used this symbol might be that crow is smart, but it is not as smart as a raven.