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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He has wounded a lot of people. The Spokane tribe filed a claim arguing that the government under-compensated them for land in an cession of land agreement.

Next Dreams and Visions. He says to open a fireworks stand. Living on the reservation, segregated from white American culture at large, but vulnerable to its relentless sign system and its mis representations of Indians, Alexie’s characters battle to achieve some sense of authenticity in a world where that very notion has become suspect.

Response to “Crazy Horse Dreams” by Sherman Alexie

Notify me of new comments via email. The book’s title is derived from one of the collection’s stories, which details the experience of a Native American who leaves the reservation to live in Seattle with his white girlfriend and then moves back. As more and more Indians leave the reservation, ties to community and family are broken, and those who remain must battle alcohol, a crippling sense of stagnation, and an increasing isolation from the “outside” world.


Although he has never had an alcoholic drink his entire life, Samuel Builds-the-Fire drinks this day. Later, we are given another news clipping, this time written by Norma, a reservation Indian, about a basketball game.

He became a voracious reader and excelled at math. The names are taken from a popular radio and television show of the s in which a white man, the Lone Ranger, teams up with an Indian, Tonto, to battle evil in the old west. Alexie structures the story by “translating” what people say into what he heard. In a feature interview on National Public RadioLiane Hansen quotes a woman who grew up knowing the author: Fill in your details below or click an icon to dream in: Such rapid shifts of tone create a playful linguistic surface that at times mocks the very story he is telling.

Alexie employs postmodern practices of writing to tell his stories. Many of the males in Alexie’s stories are proud, but desperate. Imagine a song stronger than penicillin. Somebody Kept Saying Powwow. The television was always loud, too loud, until every emotion was measured by craxy half hour.

Refusing help, she rises. Imagination is the only weapon on the alexle. While authored by an individual writer, inked and seemingly fixed, it contains idiomatic and metonymic words, “old-time” stories, themes, and characters, as well as keys to performance, including special codes, figurative language, parallelism, special paralinguistic features, special formulae, and appeals to tradition. Can you hear the dreams laughing in the horsf


Modern Language Association http: Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts. Native American literary critic Scott B.

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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.

This is a fear illustrated in the characters of Norma, an American Indian woman who rejects alcoholism and horss, and who fancydances as well as she boogies.

Sign In Sign Up. Alexie illustrates the idea that the Spokane Indians are becoming more like Americans in abandoning their elders, and he suggests they are losing touch with their tradition of storytelling.

The two retrieve Victor’s father’s ashes, drreams photo album, and his father’s pick-up truck. Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does. Alexie details the various kinds of abuse Native Americans have endured living under the United States government.