Diagnostic Essay - There is something to be said regarding...

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There is something to be said regarding the manner of which the character Lyman disposes of his car in Louise Erdrich’s “The Red Convertible.” Lyman and his brother Henry run across a classic red Olds one day and end up spending everything they had in order to make it theirs. “Then, before we had thought it over at all, the car belonged to us and our pockets were empty.” (144) The two brothers put the car to good use and “… took off driving all one whole summer.” (144) When Henry returns from the Vietnam War he is a changed man, and the car serves as false hope to Lyman that their lives will once again be carefree and relaxing. Furthermore, Henry, who is clearly a man of action, decides to end his life on his own terms instead of continuing his earthly suffering. Finally, soon after Henry expires Lyman decides so give up his share of the Olds for Henry, revealing his recognition that as time goes on, one cannot relive those experiences which are most dear to him.
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