Ytft Essay

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Sometimes we believe that there aren’t any more kind and generous people in this world. When we ask people for help in a crisis and they do not follow through, it is those we least expected who jump in and lend a hand. It is only then that we see who our real friends are and get a different perspective on life. We read a story of two young Indian men traveling to Phoenix, Az. This journey is to claim a three hundred dollar savings account and an old yellow pickup truck that Victor Joseph, one of the young men’s fathers left behind when he died. Victor travels with another young Indian called Thomas Builds-A-Fire. Victor had grown up to hate his father along with everything else in the world. And this trip would open his eyes and allow him to realize there was a lot he was blind to. In this documented essay I’m writing, I’m going to discuss the best critical discussion of three sources I found. I’m going to discuss the reasons why one source is better than the other two sources. The source that I chose as the best, Alexie uses action and dialogue to show the struggles of an Indian culture in a white man’s world, putting the theme of race and social justice in a dilemma. The story revolves around a pivotal rite of passage, the death of the parent, while illustrating themes of coming of age. Alexie explores these themes both within the frame of the contemporary reservation, as well as in terms of a more universal understanding. I chose this source because Thomas helps Victor to understand his own place Page 2 within the greater scheme of things. Victor must come to terms with his own identity, not simply as Indian, but as a man within a large and often puzzling world. Thomas, serving as metaphorical mirror of mnemonic reflection, helps Victor to understand his own role as a member of community, of society, of a family. In the other two sources, They tell how Victor

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