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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Victor’s Mother Character Analysis

A steadfast woman, a beautiful dancer, and a source of comfort and stability far greater than any other in Victor’s childhood. She was sterilized by the Indian Health Service doctor who delivered Victor just moments after he was born, and bears the scars of violence and an inescapable cycle of poverty and loss. Her marriage to Victor’s father is tumultuous, and, after he eventually leaves them for Arizona, Victor notes that his mother “misse[s] hi[s father] just enough for it to hurt.”
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Victor’s Mother Character Timeline in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

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Every Little Hurricane
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...of his family’s HUD (department of Housing and Urban Development) issued house, while upstairs his mother and father host “the largest New Year’s Eve party in tribal history.” (full context)
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...He can hear his father angrily ask what’s going on, and he can hear his mother reply that her brothers are fighting “again,” outside on the lawn. Victor runs to the... (full context)
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...to purchase Christmas gifts for the family, wept. “We’ve got each other,” Victor remembers his mother saying, but claims that she knew “it wasn’t real.” A few weeks before Christmas, Victor... (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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...father would tell him stories “as a means of apology,” including how he met Victor’s mother. “They fought each other with the kind of graceful anger only love can create,” Victor... (full context)
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...on a trip to visit Jimi Hendrix’s grave. Another began after his father, against his mother’s will, bought a motorcycle, and then wrecked it, resulting in a two-month stay in the... (full context)
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...the dream, Victor rose from his bed, went out onto the porch, and waited. His mother came outside to wrap him in a quilt, and he remained there until sunrise, then... (full context)
This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona
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Thomas approaches Victor and apologizes for his loss. He tells Victor that Victor’s mother was just in the Trading Post, crying. Thomas offers to lend Victor the money he... (full context)
All I Wanted To Do Was Dance
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...In the memory Victor looks out into the crowd at the powwow and sees his mother and his father; they wave. Victor notes that they are both drunk. After the dance,... (full context)