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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For example,the year of Alexie’s birth, is also the year of Victor’s birth and of another of his narrators.

Although doctors were not hopeful of his recovery, Alexie did recover, though he suffered from seizures during childhood. In this story, Sadie and Victor play a prank on an old drunk Indian called Dirty Joe, putting him on a carnival ride when he passes out.

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By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand Terms of Service. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance. Violence, Poverty, and Loss. Imagine a drum which wraps itself around your heart.

Alexie structures the story by “translating” what people say into what he heard. A number of activist groups emerged during this period demanding autonomy from the federal government and redress for past injustices. How can we improve? Nezzy becomes fed up with her son and her husband’s ingratitude, and leaves the house to swim naked in Tshimikain Creek, refusing to leave even when her husband and Victor drems with her.

Imagine a song stronger than penicillin. Evidence of innovation on both traditional narratives and the traditions of print journalism is developed by Alexie in newspaper stories throughout the work. Poet, horss, and screenwriter, Sherman Alexie has helped to reshape conventional images of Native Americans through his lyrical, yet blunt portrayals of life on the reservation. Adrian and Victor retain hope for life on the dreaks by building myths around gifted individuals.


Alexie, who claims the title came to him from a dream, studs his stories with other references to popular culture to underscore the ways in which representations of Native Americans have played a part in. Indeed, we can examine his content for the hallmarks of Native American literature and traditional narrative themes, including repetition, the “recasting of tribal narratives into modern day story lines, a certain admixture of sacred and profane influences, and the enunciation of tacitly Indian worldviews and personal experiences.

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Vickers explains this artistic innovation: Victor, junior, and Thomas get intoxicated with some type dremas drug and each one of them talk about their visions. Download this Lit Guide! As in other stories in the collection, Alexie peppers this one with allusions to popular culture such as television crazzy and rock and roll music. Can you hear the dreams stay up late and talk so many stones? They’re like having in-class notes for every discussion!

She leaves him because he cannot stop joking about the terminal illness, saying that it is the size of a basketball, and that in an X-ray he could see the stitches on it.

He’s something of a trickster figure, sort of a coyote figure, and he’s mythological in that sense. Alexie occasionally makes references to Native-American heroes from history. Alexie explores the ways in which Indians use their shermn to battle their culturally and physically impoverished lives on the reservation.

This story describes Junior’s family members and their propensity for storytelling. After being prodded, he begins crazg tell his stories, just as he had done at his trial. After released, he went to see Jimmy Hendrix play, an event that would make a profound impression on him.

Response to “Crazy Horse Dreams” by Sherman Alexie

Somebody Kept Saying Powwow. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is Alexie’s first full-length collection of prose and has been universally praised, both by reviewers and by academic critics. Victor, unable to sleep, watches the sun come up. Alexie also challenges readers’ ideas as to what makes a story by cobbling together diary entries, dream sequences, aphorisms, faux newspaper stories, multiple narrators and stories within stories to tell his tales.


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Retrieved December 30, Victor recounts a number of drunken episodes dremas his life and how drinking destroyed dreqms relationships and led to an all-consuming despair. I assert, however, that besides easily dissecting Alexie’s story collection and recognizing textual indications of meaning and performance, and beyond identifying keys to performance which indicate how this text might register with people in Alexie’s folk group, I also contend that there is a kind of living dimension to the authored, printed word that cannot be summarily discounted unless we are unwilling to examine and enflesh our understanding of word power and a living tradition, and I argue for a more expansive notion dreaks how folklore processes can be shherman and represented.

Memory, Bearing Witness, Storytelling, and Imagination. The final image in the story is of Samuel passed out drunk on the railroad tracks. Owens writes about the complexity of the task confronting a novelist who would write about Indians and Indian concerns: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Native American literary critic Scott B.

Named after two famous Nez Perce chiefs, Victor Joseph narrates a number of stories in Alexie’s collection and is a primary character in others. At the same time, Alexie offers ideas about both shernan value and the problematic nature of innovation according to tradition—the very innovation needed to overcome the results and effects of stasis is frightening because it is change, and it is new and unrecognizable.