The story “Crazy Horse Dreams” revolves around a sort-of romance between Victor, a Native American man, and an unnamed Native American woman, who. Crazy Horse Dreams. The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red. Anymore. Amusements. This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona. The short story that I was assigned to comment on was “Crazy Horse Dreams” on pg. 37 of Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto.

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Though he primarily uses the latter two, by varying narrators, and using both first and third-person point of view, Alexie creates a complex portrait of Native-American life as filtered through multiple sensibilities. Get the Teacher Edition. Alexie addresses the reader throughout the work, informing us: Alexie especially focuses on the damage done to Native-American males who, because of their compromised traditions and the loss of their fathers to alcoholism, have no good role models.

These brothers represent the Indian brotherhood, which has become corrupted and lost its original cultural values due to assimilation, this is represented by the common White phrase: Your past is a skeleton walking one step behind you, and your future is a skeleton walking one step in front of you … Now, these skeletons are made of memories, dreams, and voices.

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. He ends the story by describing the day he decided to stop drinking. Semansky is an instructor of English literature and composition and writes on literature and culture for several publications.

Silko’s comment indicates the importance of tradition to the writing of Alexie’s work, and she contextualizes his authored literature in relationship to oral tradition and composition, for, as Silko points out, the structure and chronology of Alexie’s book does not reflect standard components of Western literature, because Native American literature has traditionally taken a different shape which does not necessarily include features like Castro’s “plot and character.

Violence, Poverty, and Loss. There are hot dogs, Pepsi, Kool-Aid, a horseshoe pitch competition, and talk of making basketball the new tribal religion.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

This same idea can be applied to literary works like Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heavenbut I would venture to say that beyond the embodiment of literature or collected texts with traditional meaning lies the prospect that the revivification of the “dry bones” of words incarnates more than the spirit of a living alexif. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here It was also an interesting commentary on power and the relationships between a man and a woman.


We were children; we were open mouths. These decades were rife with conflict between the federal government and Native Americans.

Isolation Love and Hatred. Although he initially planned to aleie a career in medicine, Alexie changed his mind after taking a poetry workshop with Alex Kuo at Washington State University.

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LitCharts uses cookies to personalize our services. Another syerman, Michael Castro, says, “Plot and character, the classical main elements of fiction and drama, do not stick with us after reading these stories,” clearly an example of craxy critic working from a Western literary aesthetic. I think all too often, brown people buy into the Western civilization idea of looking at the artist as the individual.

But Alexie refuses to define or explain this usage, insisting that we decode it by visiting for a time in the presence of his Indian characters. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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At the same time, the artistic features of his work undermine the traditional forms of the novel and traditional character types and themes of literature. If characters work, they use their hands, driving trucks, sewing quilts, or clerking. Thomas was true to tribal ties and to his word, like a true Indian. This book provides biographies of Indians and non-Indians important in Indian history, from early contact through Currently, the tribe ownsacres of land.

If his work is not conventionally a living performance and communal exchange, its deeply powerful and weighted expressive nature propels his work into an expression that defies containment, definition, and the limitations of existing scholarship to dissect its expressive and affective communicative ability.

They’re like having in-class notes for every discussion! He says the first thing he wanted after he was born was a shot of whiskey. In the following essay, McGrath examines The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven as both a literary work and as an artistic cultural representation.


Adrian and Victor hope that she can develop her talents and not begin drinking. His first book of prose, a collection of linked stories titled The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heavenpublished inwas highly praised and won Alexie a wide audience.

When he ereams the woman that she is no one, I wonder if he is thinking about himself or possibly even trying to demean her in hopes of making himself feel more important.

Along with Junior Polatkin and Thomas Builds-the-Fire, he is an alter ego of Alexie, who often uses events from his own life as a basis for Victor’s stories.

Through his treatment of Thomas he suggests that stasis of tradition is part of what continues to oppress and cripple American Indians socially and economically. By creating contemporary myths around living Indians, the two keep alive the hope sheramn conditions aoexie change and that individuals can transcend their bleak circumstances. At a fry bread stand at a powwow, Victor tries to get his order taken.

He died in at 27, choking on his own vomit while being taken to the xlexie, purportedly due to drug abuse. Page Number and Citation: The story ends when the two return home and Victor’s father cries into his food. Victor, unable to sleep, watches the sun come up. Alexie refuses to extricate his art from its traditional and community context, and repeatedly claims his creative contribution and his tradition’s creative contribution are equitable.

The most interesting passage in the essay to me was when Victor begins to realize how beautiful the woman is. He is in a way putting apexie down for being Indian, he does not believe he is good enough for her. Victor, caught between reservation community and his own cazy, tries to present himself as the stereotypical warrior Indian, and is a habitual persecutor of Thomas and a harsh critic of his stories.