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Alexie’sstory is a summary narration of his life. Having attended school upto the college level, he was expected to be performing better thanmost people from his village Indian home. However, that is not thecase as he winds up distracted with no real dream to pursue. The onlydreams he has are nightmares, and when he wakes up from them in themorning, he is scared, hoping they are not true. It is important toobserve that his dreams are an imagery of a disturbed life. Itportends the anger that occurred within him. He had no fulfillment ofthe expectations he had for his life, neither did his life havemeaning. The constant argument with his girlfriend only indicatedthat he was empty and needed a sense of satisfaction, which she didnot supply. When he dreams of mounted soldiers playing polo with anIndian woman’s head, I believe it shows the hate that existsbetween the Indians and the whites and the issue of racism. I thinkit is a fight for recognition and freedom. The narrator yearns foridentity.

Thenarrator transits his scenes in a rather subtle manner. He proceedsfrom one narration to the next abruptly, and as a reader, one has tobe keen not to get lost in the details. Alexie has many things to sayabout almost everything that pops up in his mind sometimesdigressing from his primary address but returns not to confuse hisreaders on what he intends to be perceived. I must say that all hisnarrations contribute to the sweet flesh of his story.

Also,the story is inundated with dialogue as a literary feature. From thebeginning, while conversing with the cashier to the last part, hespeaks with his ex-girlfriend. The narrator utilizes dialogue toexpress the traits of his characters. In his conversation with thecashier, he reveals the suspecting and judgmental character of thecashier. However, in their talk, the cashier wounds up as friendly.Moreover, the argument between him and the girlfriend exposes her asverbally violent. However, in their dialogue, while the story ends,she is portrayed as apologetic and forgiving.