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Unformatted text preview: Johnson showed Thomas his hands and they were burned and scarred, and told Thomas “This is what happens” when he plays the guitar. My belief that the guitar contained supernatural powers was confirmed when Johnson tells Thomas, “I sold my soul to the Gentleman so I could play this damn guitar better than anybody ever played the guitar.” (pg. 8) At this point I decided that the Gentleman must be a reference to the devil. The guitar was not just a communicator/host for the devil, but a representation of every human’s strongest temptations. Johnson gave his soul and freedom to the devil so that he could play the guitar, just as Victor gave up his best friend so that he could become somebody. All four of these characters proved to be interesting throughout the novel and demonstrated one of Alexie’s lessons, which is never to give in to the bad temptations of the devil....
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- Fall '07
- gentleman, Supernatural