The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Victor, a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, is the protagonist of the majority of these stories, and is, in many ways, an emotional stand-in for Sherman Alexie himself. We follow the path of Victor’s life from his childhood through to his adulthood, and watch—sometimes from a close or first-person vantage point, and sometimes from afar—as he struggles with his relationship to himself, his relationship to his parents, and his relationship to his tribe. As a child, Victor seems to be withdrawn, pressured often into silence by the difficulties of his home life—his parents are alcoholics, and he has been raised in extreme and debilitating poverty on the Spokane Indian Reservation. As Victor matures, he navigates his relationships with his friends on the reservation, Junior Polatkin and Thomas Builds-the-Fire; he experiences the rise and fall of potential basketball stardom; he loses his father to a presumed suicide; he falls in and out of love with several women both on and off the reservation; he struggles with substance abuse, and ultimately conquers his addiction; and he ultimately ends up living alone in Spokane, confident, finally, that he “knows how his dreams end.” We see the world of the reservation largely through Victor’s eyes. His view of his own upbringing, adolescence, and adulthood, though tinged with raucous humor and a healthy dose of sarcasm, is a bleak one, and his tales of poverty, violence, loss, and disappointment illuminate a simultaneous resentment toward and longing for an ideal of reservation life.

Victor Quotes in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven quotes below are all either spoken by Victor or refer to Victor. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Every Little Hurricane Quotes

Victor could see his uncles slugging each other with such force that they had to be in love. Strangers would never want to hurt each other that badly.

Related Characters: Victor, Arnold , Adolph
Related Symbols: Alcohol
Page Number: 2
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A Drug Called Tradition Quotes

Your past is a skeleton walking one step behind you, and your future is a skeleton walking one step in front of you... Indians never need to wear a watch because your skeletons will always remind you about the time. See, it is always now. That’s what Indian time is. The past, the future, all of it is wrapped up in the now. That’s how it is. We are trapped in the now.”

Related Characters: Thomas Builds-the-Fire (speaker), Victor, Junior Polatkin
Related Symbols: Dreams and Visions
Page Number: 21-22
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Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play… Quotes

During the sixties, my father was the perfect hippie, since all the hippies were trying to be Indians.

Related Characters: Victor (speaker), Victor’s Father
Page Number: 24
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Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation… Quotes

It’s almost like Indians can easily survive the big stuff. Mass murder, loss of language and land and rights. It’s the small things that hurt the most. The white waitress who wouldn’t take an order, Tonto, the Washington Redskins. And, just like everybody else, Indians need heroes to help them learn how to survive. But what happens when our heroes don’t even know how to pay their bills?

Related Characters: Victor (speaker), Julius Windmaker, Adrian
Related Symbols: Alcohol, Crazy Horse, Basketball and Television
Page Number: 49
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Ain’t no children on a reservation.

Related Characters: Adrian (speaker), Victor, Julius Windmaker
Related Symbols: Alcohol
Page Number: 50
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This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona Quotes

The fireworks were small, hardly more than a few bottle rockets and a fountain. But it was enough for two Indian boys. Years later, they would need much more.

Related Characters: Victor (speaker), Thomas Builds-the-Fire
Page Number: 63
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“Wait,” Thomas yelled from his porch. “I just got to ask one favor.”
Victor stopped the pickup, leaned out the window, and shouted back. “What do you want?”
“Just one time when I’m telling a story somewhere, why don’t you stop and listen?” Thomas asked.
“Just once?”
“Just once.”
Victor waved his arms to let Thomas know that the deal was good. It was a fair trade, and that was all Victor had ever wanted from his whole life.

Related Characters: Thomas Builds-the-Fire (speaker), Victor
Page Number: 75
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All I Wanted To Do Was Dance Quotes

He counted his coins. Enough for a bottle of wine in the Trading Post. He walked down the hill and into the store, grabbed the bottle, paid for it with nickels and pennies, and walked into the parking lot. Victor pulled the wine from its paper bag, cracked the seal, and twisted the cap off. Jesus, he wanted to drink so much his blood could make the entire tribe numb.

Related Characters: Victor
Related Symbols: Alcohol
Page Number: 90
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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Quotes

These days, living alone in Spokane, I wish I lived closer to the river, to the falls where ghosts of salmon jump. I wish I could sleep. I put down my paper or book and turn off the lights, lie quietly in the dark. It may take hours, even years, for me to sleep again. There’s nothing surprising or disappointing in that. I know how all my dreams end anyway.

Related Characters: Victor (speaker), Victor’s Father
Related Symbols: Dreams and Visions
Page Number: 190
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Victor Character Timeline in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

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Every Little Hurricane
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...hurricane falls “from the sky [and onto] the Spokane Indian Reservation”; the storm wakes nine-year-old Victor from a nightmare. A third person narrator describes Victor’s experience; he is in the basement... (full context)
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From the basement, Victor hears an argument begin; two Indians, like “high-pressure and low-pressure fronts,” begin to fistfight one... (full context)
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Victor can hear one of his parents’ guests yell “They’re going to kill each other,” but... (full context)
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Victor remembers a metaphorical “storm” four years earlier when his father, unable to purchase Christmas gifts... (full context)
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Victor reflects on how he hates the rain. He used to be afraid that “he was... (full context)
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Victor’s uncles give up their fight completely and return to the party arm in arm. However,... (full context)
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Victor gets out of bed and goes upstairs, hugs his uncles, and looks for his parents.... (full context)
A Drug Called Tradition
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...to install ten power poles across land he’d inherited. He throws a party to celebrate. Victor, who narrates this story, and his friend Junior Polatkin are there, but they leave early... (full context)
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...the road; he has left his own party in order to follow the two boys. Victor invites Thomas to join them at the lake, but the invitation comes with a condition:... (full context)
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Junior asks Victor to give him some of the drug. Though Junior is driving, Victor obliges. The boys... (full context)
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Junior spins the car in circles through the empty fields near the lake, and Victor tells him to slow down. Both Junior and Thomas are consumed by their visions. Victor... (full context)
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...walk down to the lake. Thomas puts his feet in the water, and Junior and Victor sit on the hood of the car while the drugs wear off, drinking diet Pepsi... (full context)
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After he is finished with his story, Thomas gets up and walks away. Victor regrets being cruel to Thomas as children; he notes that Thomas has always been kind... (full context)
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Victor and Junior stay at the lake until the sun comes up, experiencing residual visions. The... (full context)
Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at Woodstock
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Victor tells us that “during the sixties, [his] father was the perfect hippie, since all the... (full context)
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Throughout Victor’s childhood, Victor says, Jimi Hendrix and his father “became drinking buddies.” Victor would put on... (full context)
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In the wake of such nights, Victor’s father would tell him stories “as a means of apology,” including how he met Victor’s... (full context)
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Victor remembers how, one night in his adolescence, when driving home with his father, someone called... (full context)
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Victor describes his vivid dreams of his father at Woodstock, but admits that “as much as... (full context)
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Victor describes his parents’ arguments; a particularly difficult one occurred on a trip to visit Jimi... (full context)
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Victor recalls a dream he had, soon after his father left, of his father returning to... (full context)
Crazy Horse Dreams
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At a fry bread stand at a powwow, Victor tries to get his order taken. A woman follows him “from open space to open... (full context)
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The woman takes Victor back to her Winnebago, where they banter with one another and have sex. “She was... (full context)
The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore
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On a hot summer day, Victor and his friend Adrian, seated on Victor’s front porch, play around with a BB gun... (full context)
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A group of Indian boys walk by, looking to Victor like they are “off to cause trouble somewhere.” Adrian recognizes one of the boys as... (full context)
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Victor still feels the “ache” of his own “lost edge” as a basketball star. He asks... (full context)
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One year later, Adrian and Victor sit “on the same porch in the same chairs.”They see Julius Windmaker “staggering” down the... (full context)
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Later that night, Adrian and Victor go to watch Julius play in his basketball game, but he is not “the ball... (full context)
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Out on the porch, Victor and Adrian watch another group of Indian children walk by, “all holding basketballs.” They recognize... (full context)
Amusements
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...the half-empties,” passes out on the ground, intoxicated, “in the middle of a white carnival.” Victor and his friend Sadie stand over Joe’s body, unsure of what to do with him.... (full context)
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Victor and Sadie carry Joe to the coaster and pay off the “carny” operator to let... (full context)
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Victor, “realizing what [he] ha[s] done,” tells Sadie that they should leave. She suggests they collect... (full context)
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Victor runs, pursued by a security guard, and finds himself in a fun house. There he... (full context)
This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona
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Victor loses his job working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and shortly thereafter learns that... (full context)
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Victor has no money at his disposal. He knows that his father has some money in... (full context)
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At the Trading Post Victor sees Thomas Builds-the-Fire, who is talking to himself “like always.” Victor recalls a time, when... (full context)
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Thomas approaches Victor and apologizes for his loss. He tells Victor that Victor’s mother was just in the... (full context)
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Victor remembers one summer when he and Thomas shared a bike. On their way to watch... (full context)
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In the present, at his kitchen table, Victor counts his hundred dollars again and again. He knows he needs more. He places the... (full context)
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Victor remembers a time “when [he and Thomas] were fifteen; they had long since stopped being... (full context)
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In the present, Victor and Thomas sit side-by-side in coach on their flight to Phoenix. A gymnast who’d been... (full context)
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After arriving at the airport in Phoenix, Victor and Thomas take a taxi to Victor’s father’s trailer. When they get there, Victor apologizes... (full context)
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Victor remembers a time when he was twelve, and stepped into an underground wasps’ nest. Thomas... (full context)
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There is not much in Victor’s father’s trailer worth keeping, since everything stinks, Victor says, of death. Thomas tells a story... (full context)
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Victor is quiet, and then confesses to Thomas that his father never told him that story.... (full context)
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Victor remembers a time when, as a child, Thomas jumped from the roof of the tribal... (full context)
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Victor’s father’s ashes don’t quite fit in one box, so Victor divides them into two. Victor... (full context)
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Victor and Thomas arrive back home at the reservation “just as the sun ris[es].” Victor stops... (full context)
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Thomas accepts, and tells Victor that he will go back to the Spokane Falls and scatter the ashes there. He... (full context)
All I Wanted To Do Was Dance
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Victor drunkenly dances with a Lakota woman at a bar in Montana. He is dancing with... (full context)
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Victor experiences a memory or vision of his former girlfriend; she stands by a river, and... (full context)
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Victor becomes lost in memory, and experiences another recollection of his ex; in his memory, they... (full context)
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Victor, having returned to the present moment, sips his morning coffee, and tells himself that he’ll... (full context)
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Victor remembers being eight or nine years old and “fancydancing in the same outfit his father... (full context)
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In another memory of his past, Victor recalls being drunk on a night out with his white ex-girlfriend. She urges him to... (full context)
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In the present, Victor works odd jobs in order to make ends meet. On paydays, he stands in front... (full context)
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After another sleepless night, Victor counts his spare change, and takes it to buy a bottle of wine from the... (full context)
A Good Story
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The narrator, Junior—perhaps Junior Polatkin, but, as Victor once pointed out, “everybody” on the reservation is called Junior—pretends to sleep on the sofa... (full context)
The First Annual All-Indian Horseshoe Pitch and Barbecue
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...events of The First Annual All-Indian Horseshoe pitch and barbecue. Somebody has forgotten the charcoal; Victor brings a secondhand piano and plays Bartok; the narrator and his “love” hold each other... (full context)
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
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In the middle of the night, unable to sleep, Victor, again the narrator, walks through the streets of Spokane. He heads for the 7-11 to... (full context)
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Victor reminisces about his ex, a white woman he used to live with in Seattle. They... (full context)
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Victor takes a Creamsicle from the refrigerator. He can tell that the clerk is nervous to... (full context)
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Victor flashes back to Seattle, where, during intense fights with his ex, he “broke lamps.” His... (full context)
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Victor finishes his Creamsicle and arrives home. He is still unable to sleep, so he picks... (full context)
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When Victor arrived home on the reservation after leaving his girlfriend, his family was unsurprised by his... (full context)
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In the present, Victor wishes he lives “closer to the river, to the falls where ghosts of salmon jump.”... (full context)
Somebody Kept Saying Powwow
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...alone and [sings] herself to sleep.” Junior always thought that Norma would settle down with Victor, “since she was so good at saving people and Victor needed more saving than most... (full context)