Thursday, October 23, 2014

The red convertible

The Red Convertible: Lyman Lamartine was a sad story about two American Indians whose life on the reservation was idyllic but the white man’s war (Viet Nam) interfered with their lives. Henry was a strong confident carefree young man who alongside his brother made a road trip in a red convertible.  The convertible became a symbol of their freedom and self-confidence. It was a link to happier times for both Henry and Lyman.  Their road trip was far reaching and they even went to Alaska on a whim. They enjoyed life and lived each moment without regrets. When they came back Henry had to go in the Marines.  He went to Viet Nam for three years and when he came back he had post traumatic syndrome. The reservation had no facilities to help Henry and Lyman just wanted his brother back and not the silent nervous stranger. Lyman feels that giving Henry a purpose will be beneficial so he bangs up the convertible so Henry will repair it. Henry is better for a while but Henry and Lyman go for a ride and Henry just goes into the water and his boots fill up which was one of the lines in the first paragraph of the story.   Lyman pushes the convertible into the water that Henry has drowned in and now Henry owns the whole car and Lyman walks everywhere.

1 comment:

  1. I just thought that maybe the convertible could be used as a symbol of freedom like the horses were for the Plains Indians.