Arnold rescued Thomas as an infant from a house fire that killed his parents. Thomas and Victor grow up together as neighbors and acquaintances, fighting with each other and simultaneously forming a close, albeit uneasy, alliance. Bond also believed the producers of the film made compromises based upon commercial pressures.
Alexie did this to finally, properly represent the Native American culture that is so often represented through white ideals and misinterpretations of the Native life.
In the third, Thomas saves Victor from being stung to death by wasps. The trip is the means for Victor and Thomas to explore their identities.
Thomas is an eccentric storyteller and Victor is an angry young man who enjoys playing basketball. Because of this, Thomas considers him a hero. Though Thomas crashed and broke his arm, he was a hero to Victor that day.
She says that a drunken Arnold set off fireworks, accidentally starting the fire that cost Thomas his parents. Victor also gains a better understanding of Thomas and his reverence for Arnold. Once they reach Phoenix, Victor has to confront his conflicted feelings about his father, as well as his own identity.
Having just lost his job at the Bureau of Indian Affairs BIA and financially unable to make the trip with the one hundred dollars given to him by the Tribal Council, Victor runs into Thomas Builds-the-Fire, who offers to lend him the money he needs on one condition.
The two men take a plane to Phoenix, and on the plane, they meet and talk to a passenger named Cathy, a gymnast who says she was first alternate on the U. Neither of them loses sight of his identity as an " Indian ," but their perspectives differ.
Their dichotomy is portrayed all through the film; it results in Victor being irritated with Thomas, and Thomas being fascinated with Victor. Estranged from each other since they were teenagers, Victor is presented as the modern Indian, a man who has lost faith in himself and in everything Indian and traditional.
Thomas Builds-the-Fire initiates contact with her, and this impresses Victor. Victor is more stoic and Thomas is more traditional and romantic to the point of watching the feature film Dances with Wolves countless times.
The road trip by the young men leads to Thomas reconciling with the memory of his adoptive father Arnold, as he understands more of his path to alcoholism and related abuse and abandonment.
In this flashback, all the Indian boys sit back and watch, and Thomas is saved only when another character, Norma Many Horses, comes along to stop the fight.
Reviews[ edit ] The film was very well received by mainstream critics. In the second, Victor asks Thomas for a story, and he tells him a story about two modern-day Indian boys who could still be warriors but in a different way.
When Arnold dies in PhoenixArizonawhere he has stayed after leaving Victor and his mother Arlene Tantoo CardinalVictor and Thomas go on an adventure to retrieve his ashes. In the last flashback, presented right before Victor and Thomas arrive back at the reservation, Thomas is all alone, an orphan and a storyteller to whom no one on the reservation listens anymore.
Production[ edit ] The film is unique as an all-Native American production:Published: Mon, 5 Dec Sherman Alexie’s “This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona” is one of the most fulfilling short stories of times. Victor as named in this particular story had lost a job.
Lorisa Qumawunu June 7, English Essay #1(revision) “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” In the short story, “This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”, by Sherman Alexie, I looked at two characters: Thomas and Victor. Smoke Signals is a Canadian-American independent film released indirected and co-produced by Chris Eyre and with a screenplay by Sherman Alexie, based on the short story "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" from his book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven ().
The film won several awards and accolades, and was. This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona Questions and Answers - Discover the billsimas.com community of teachers, mentors and students just like you that can answer any question you might have.
Complete summary of Sherman Alexie's This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona. Victor. "This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona" by Sherman Alexie needed to find a way to get to Phoenix.
Victor's mother was just as poor as he was, and the rest of his family didn't have any use at all for him. So Victor called the Tribal Council. "Listen," Victor said. "My father just died.Download