Smoke Signals Character Analysis

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The 1998 movie Smoke Signals focuses on the process of how Victor Joseph accepts and forgives his father, Arnold Joseph. From the beginning, Victor is uncertain about his father’s feelings about him because Victor has heard his father Arnold has saved Thomas, not Victor. Every time Victor hears it, his uncertainty about his father Arnold increases regularly. Victor’s feeling of lack of the father’s love is well illustrated by Victor’s answer to his father’s question: “What is your favorite Indian?” He answers “nobody,” and repeats it three times to emphasize his distrustfulness on his father. Victor’s feeling of the lack of his father’s love is more deepened after his father Arnold has left home. Victor feels abandoned and too desperate to restrain himself from punching Thomas. Victor runs to assure his father’s love, but he never has a chance to figure it out, until he meets Suzy and finds a family photo at his father’s trailer. Suzy’s…show more content…
When I was in the high school, my father and I did not get along with each other. What my father told me did not make sense to me, and what I say did not seem to make sense to my father. I thought his ideas were too obsolete. The time has changed; what was true when my father was young is no longer true. However, as I attend college and live by myself, I realized he was right to some extent, and his words came out because he also cared about my future as much as I do. In the movie Smoke Signals, Victor believes his father Arnold abandons him and does not love him. However, after meeting Suzy, finding the word of “home” behind the family photo, and the illusion of Victor’s father giving him a hand melt his heart, and Victor manages to accept and forgive his father. Through these events in the movie, I might look back myself and shadow myself onto Victor; this would be the reason why the process of Victor’s change caught

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