The Red Convertible


Louise Erdrich

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The Red Convertible

The red convertible symbolizes Henry and Lyman’s youthful innocence and the freedom that comes with it. When they first see the convertible for sale, they are electrified by it—like their youth, it seems to…

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The Color TV

The color TV that Lyman buys for his family symbolizes Henry’s inability to move on from his wartime trauma. Lyman returns home from war changed—he is “jumpy and mean” and he spends most of…

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The Photograph

The photograph that Bonita takes of Henry and Lyman symbolizes the unknowable nature of reality. While photographs often appear to represent the past exactly as it was, the significance of this photograph shifts over the…

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