Journal 10-1

6 12 2012

In the film “Smokey Signals” there is a lot of significant meaning portrayed throughout the film. One being that during the party Victor’s dad asks him who his favorite Indian is, assuming that Victors response would be either him or his mother, was abruptly surprised when Victor responded with a “no one.” I believe this is showing that Victors parents were never really a good role model because they were constantly drinking or drunk around Victor, especially his father. When his mother heard his response she took action into it and decided that she and Victor’s father needed to stop drinking. Signifying that he needed to live in a well suited lifestyle, rather then growing up and being raised with two drunk parents.

Another significant meaning in the film was when on the bus heading to Arizona Victor starts to tell Thomas that he needs to change how he looks because people are just going to run all over him in his life if he keeps dressing and acting the way he does towards strangers. He says that he needs to look more tough around whites in particular so that people would be more afraid of him. When being told this Thomas decides to go along with Victor so he changed his clothes into something that looks more like Victor, and takes his hair out of the braids. Victor believes if you present yourself as being tough people will respect you more, and him being Indian he wanted the respect he deserved because he believes that whites look down upon Indians and low lives. 

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Journal 9-6

13 11 2012

In the second half of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight In Heaven, Alexie has it so that everyone is drinking, drunk, or starting to drink for the first time. I think he does it to show that while living on the reservation that was the one that that made everything okay in a sense. When people were drunk it seemed as though that was their happiest moments.

In most of the short stories, someone ends up going through a tough time. For instance, on Samuels birthday he gets fired from his job, and eventually ends up moving back to the reservation. It says that he goes to the bar and has his first drink and never stopped after his first. It shows that drinking is a way of coping with ones emotions. If Samuel never got fired from his job I don’t think he would have started drinking.

Another example is, in the chapter Jesus Christs Half Brother is alive and well on Spokane Indian reservation, it talks about Victor playing basketball again and starting to get good and then he ends up landing on his leg which “exploded” it. It then goes on to say that he started drinking after that, and has been drunk for a year.

I think Alexie chose to keep that stereotype of the drunken Indian alive because like I said it was some of their best moments when they were drunk.





Journal 8-8

6 11 2012

In the novel The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fist Fight In Heaven, Sherman Alexie talks about the life on reservations for Native Americans. Through out the novel each chapter is a short story that Alexie over exaggerated a little, most pertaining to his life. Life on the reservation as a Native American was hard for those who lived there. He describes in his novel that most of them were alcoholics, and very poor.

The main character in the book is Victor, who’s parents were both alcoholics and his father left their family when he was at a young age. When Victor was young his father and him were very close, up until his father left they were still sending letters to one another, but then eventually his father stopped writing to him. His mother on the other hand stayed, and was there for Victor.

Because of all the alcoholics on the reservation, Victor and his two friends Thomas and Junior don’t drink, instead they drink soda. Many fathers abandoned their families because of being alcoholics, and on the reservation and father son relationship was very important.

At the end, Victor’s father passes away and Thomas and Victor drive to Phoenix, Arizona to collect the remains, and to get a sense of closure.