The Red Convertible

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  • The Red Convertible
  • By Louise Erdrich
  • Exposition
  • Rising Action
  • The short story "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich is about two Native American brothers, Henry and Lyman, who buy a red convertible, go on a summer adventure, and later come back to Henry being called in for service in the army. 3 years later, when Henry returns from the army, there's something different. While Lyman is trying to get the old Henry back things get better for a short period of time, then they get worse.
  • Climax
  • Henry and Lyman, two Native American brothers, Lyman, whose restaurant got destroyed by a tornado, made money easily. Along with Henry, who is Lyman's older brother.
  • Falling Action
  • Henry and Lyman had gotten a ride up to a town called Winnipeg, where they saw the red convertible. They had just enough money to buy the car and for gas to get back home. They took a summer adventure through many in this convertible, even met a girl name Susy.
  • Resolution
  • Henry and Lyman return just in time for Henry to report to the army, leaving the car to Lyman
  • When Henry arrived back from the army, he was very different. Jumpy, mean, and hostile. With almost no emotions.
  • As a result of Henry beginning to feel a little like himself again, Lyman decided that they should go to the lake. When Henry goes to take a swim in order to cool off, he drowns. Lyman drove the car into the lake to try to save Henry but turned out to be a failed attempt. Now, Lyman is left walking again, and brother-less.
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