The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich

“The Red Convertible,” by Louise Erdrich, is a very interesting story. The reader can understand it very easily and it gives you the feeling that it’s all real. Very realistic and interesting, about the relationship of two Native American brothers but there’s some twists in there. The main point is Henry the older brother gets drafted to the Vietnam War and comes back different. They both bought a red convertible together and that car symbolizes Henry in the story. The car and Henry are very similar throughout the story. In the beginning of the story, it shows how a good relationship Henry and Lyman the brothers and as well as the red convertible were all close.

The two brothers ended up buying the red convertible together. But later Henry the older brother bought Lyman’s share and got the whole car to himself. A quote from the story, “We owned it together until his boots filled with water on a windy night and he bought out my share.” (Erdrich 306) What he’s trying to say is probably Henry the older brother needed the car more so he wouldn’t have to walk to work or something. So Henry bought the whole car to himself. How did the two brothers have the money to buy the convertible? Well in the story Lyman say’s, “My own talent was I could always make money. I had a touch for it, unusual for a Chippewa. From the first I was different that way, and everyone recognized it. I was the only kid they let in the American Legion Hall to shine shoes, for example, and one Christmas I sold spiritual bouquets for the mission door to door. The nuns let me keep a percentage. Once I started, it seemed the more money I made the easier money came. (Erdrich 306) Lyman was good with money and was always on money’s good side you can say. At the age 15 he got a job at a cafe. That’s where it went all good after that. For example in the story it says, “It wasn’t long before I was promoted to busing tables, and then the short ord…

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