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“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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Without a desire to be authentic, life is only a masquerade. Not the dangerous bad jobs or the monotonous bad jobs. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Alexie mentions a falcon, who in this poem, represents the white man. After finishing his studies, he worked briefly as an administrator on an educational exchange programme before becoming a full-time writer. Fleur is the primary focus, but Misshepeshu, the water god, is also mentioned early on in the story. You start asking questions like that, she had added, and you’re either going to start a war or you’re going to hear folk music.

She remembers an lullaby that was sung to her and her mother as small children and sings it to her dying husband. She uses metaphors to compare the White settlers to mosquitoes and cancer.

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

I love their poetic streak and their rebelliousness. Though the story centers on the terrible experience with the white man nature is pulled in over and over again. Sherman Alexie really kicks ass, doesn’t he? The italicized part of the story on the right side of the page reflects sheerman is own personal experiences with these legends or possibly other traditional stories passed down to him from his elders, mostly his late grandmother.

Thing is, Alexie manages to make their lovemaking touching in spite of the lampoon. That only solidifies the status quo or, worse, drives it into degradation. I agree with your point, the blanket is much more than a blanket, it represents her favorite son and the memories of him. I think both of these poems use symbolism to discuss the issues the Shermna faced. Sherman Alexie has been attracting attention for his poetry and fiction since the early s, when he was in his late twenties.


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. In his poetry collection, First Indian on the Moon, he writes:.

The Toughest Indian in the World

The enjoyment of transgressing boundaries provides a particular form of pleasure for Etta in retelling the tale of how she brought John Wayne to his knees before his death. It’s sold by far the least of all my books.

They both tell of different scenarios, while leaving clues for the reader to decipher. Qlexie seems very good at hiding the hurt beneath a lighthearted cover.

Perhaps there is a unique Native American way of seeing things, or a specific ethnic sense of humor. I like your thoughts on the subject though. How many of us would think twice about the Native Americans being the villains?

To me, this transforms even the smallest of oral traditions, a simple lullaby, and turns it into something much more powerful and emotional as the characters drift towards death. I agree that N. What is to be gained from such a study? In fact, she humorously claims to even spoil “the collective enjoyment” of Indian ideology and culture at the powwow, and in doing so, she becomes a legend in her community capable of “ruining ten thousand years of tribal traditions” Alexie He lives in Seattle, Washington.

She spent most of her wane resenting her husband, Chato, for teaching her how to sign her name but not how to speak Shernan, therefore she lost her young children, Danny and Ella.


The stories depicting tension between white and Indian characters are often uncomfortable to read, but interesting. It starred Nicolas Cage.

Sherman Alexie, Dear John Wayne (from The Toughest Indian in the World) () – Seeing is Reading

Dec 01, Maggie Roessler added it Shelves: The comparison between mosquitoes and settlers also brings in the common theme of land. Throughout the poems there are examples given to us that shows the misleading and misconstruing actions of the white people.

While the rest of the tribe on the Spokane reservation in Washington state may have had slightly more alexid expectations, they can hardly have anticipated that the talented if somewhat sickly and jihn Alexie child would become a bestselling novelist, fellowship-winning poet, prize-winning short-story writer, stand-up comedian, recorded songwriter and independent film director by the time he was This linking together of the two cultures is an attempt at trying to bring the two different cultures together more closely.

Sep 05, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: Scott Momaday turns oral traditions into a story of his life and culture. Both poets allow the audience to vividly imagine the dark scenes, miserable situation, and the cruelty of the white by using the dark tone in the poems. The text literally includes the song she is singing instead of just saying she sings and ending the story. Aside from the direct reference to John Wayne, I looked at the mosquitoes as perhaps symbolizing the white men that were relentless in their pursuit of Indians and the land that belonged to them.