The Red Convertable

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There are a few stories in the E-Fictions short story collection that I’ve read before, either through previous Literature courses, or through my studies as a Fiction Writer major, and one story that I never get sick of reading is “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich. It was actually a surprise to see it in the index of this particular book, because I had never seen it before I read it for my Fiction Writing II class in my second semester as a college freshman. After rereading it on a whim one night during Spring Break, I realized that I should not be surprised to see it a second time – but that I should be surprised that I had never heard about it before my Freshmen year of college. This story, “The Red Convertible,” has well placed elements, a good use of foreshadowing, amazing character development, a solid pace, and a clever use symbolism. In my opinion, the quality of this story surpasses the ones that get picked apart and repeatedly presented to high school students. First thing an observant reader will pick out, even from just the first paragraph, is the good use of foreshadowing, "I owned that car along with my brother Henry Junior. We owned it together until his boots filled with water on a windy night and he bought out my share” (339). This first paragraph is one of the best openings to a short story that I know of. It is written in the present tense, which means the story we’re about to hear has taken place in the past. A lot of readers will wonder, “Why does the author even bother doing this?” Foreshadowing is one of the best elements to use, but also one of the most difficult to use well. It can make the reader want to keep reading and also set a solid tone for your story. We now know, if we’re reading cautiously, that something happened to the car, and that this story is about what happened. This is a paragraph that makes us want to keep

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