“Dear John Wayne”: Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie Louise Erdrich, “Dear John Wayne” (Prentice-Hall) Sherman Alexie Reading “Dear John Wayne”. A native American, Sherman Alexie was raised on a reservation, One of his short stories, “Dear John Wayne”, describes a fantasy affair the. “The Toughest Indian in the World” by Sherman Alexie the year-old Spokane Indian star of “Dear John Wayne,” the most crowd-pleasing.

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But what fuels these stories is rage — rage decanted through black humor.

The way that people shsrman between worlds and what that means to them, what it does to them. If you have an older Salon account, please enter your username and password below: The best story to me is Saint Junior, a tale of love and marriage about two college sweethearts.

The clouded tone of the poems allows the audience to look deep into the tone to catch an understanding of the hardships that the american indians were put through due to the white expansion. In quite literally her bleakest and final moments her source of composure and strength in that moment was a lullaby sung to her as a child that she in turn sang to her dying husband in the snow literally freezing to death.

Everyone failed to see any ambiguity. Does he expect his two young sons will follow suit? Quotes from The Toughest Indi Etta describes herself as feeling: The blanket represents comfort and peace. He begins talking about his grandmother and her history in their culture.

“The Toughest Indian in the World” by Sherman Alexie

Jul 26, Patricia rated it liked it. By the end of the story, the anthropologist has undergone a catharsis, and joh tale of John Wayne has wayen him about the reality of the fictions that inhabit our own lives. Alexie takes every chance and then some: There is no resolution to the conflict that is inherent to the structure of social practices and beliefs which are so entirely different. Some of the language is terse, and some of the images he draws are wayje crude. But the only thing I can be assured of is that they will probably partner with people who like books.


Indians didn’t like it. The poem is set at a drive-through movie theater where Native Americans are watching a westward Hollywood movie about settlers during the westward expansion period.

Hybrid Relationships In Sherman Alexie’s “Dear John Wayne”: A Lacanian Interpretation

To me, this transforms even the smallest of oral traditions, a simple lullaby, and turns it into mohn much more powerful and emotional as the characters drift towards death. They actually symbolize the white who invaded Indian territory and oppressed Indians.

In this sense, Alexie is enabling his audience to see beyond the stereotypical confines of ideology about Indians and whites; the act of intercourse between a famous white male and an Indian woman from the Spokane Indian reservation becomes a transgression of boundaries.

Oct 23, Katie rated it it was amazing. Alexie has published 18 books to date. The men who save her in her first drowning have dreadful ends, as does the man curious enough to dherman into the eyes of a girl everyone assumed was dead. He seems very good at hiding the hurt beneath a lighthearted cover.

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Etta not only had intercourse with John Wayne, but also she lost her virginity to him. In the midst she still brought the blanket and slept up in the hills until the children were taken away. Something I found intriguing took a little work for me to understand.

One of the short stories is a futuristic story of all Indians being kidnapped and imprisoned beneath a desert where some sort of controlled breeding is being done.

His tears are perhaps the result of his realization that his desire for a pure love existing outside of the confines of institutional and societal expectations will always be a perversion of societal norms. Later on, I was asked if Indians were part of the national dialogue on race. I liked the way Alexie describes each character’s motivations and inner struggles.


When the workers played cards, Fleur played as well which was unheard of. You want a snap-shot of the modern American Indian? I like how he creates characters that sometimes overlap into his other stories, they are like old friends, even like family.

And how it’s often tied to having sex with white people. It wasn’t until I got to college that anyone showed me anything written by an Indian. The use of example of his real life happenings relate the stories not only to the others of his tribe but to the mass of readers as well. Alexie has since written two novels and 12 collections of poems and short stories. The characters were well developed for a short story genre. But I still am heavily Catholic- and Christian-influenced” After finishing his studies, he worked briefly as an administrator on an educational exchange programme before becoming a full-time writer.

Momaday uses the written language of English to translate the oral tales of his grandfather into stories that can be share with other people from other cultures.

It is not surprising then that the poem describes the earth as a great protector of the Native Americans. Taught to read by his father by the age of three, Alexie eventually left the reservation for an outside high school dayne he and its mascot were the only native Americans, but where a better sheeman was available. This linking together of the two cultures is an attempt at trying to bring the two different cultures together more closely.

I think it’s a combination of poverty and despair, but the way we so willingly fell into it, and still do in such large numbers, makes me think there must be something inside our culture that made us so willing to fall apart that way.