In the second story by Sherman, this is what it means to say phoenix, Arizona, victor is still the protagonist. This story reflects the live of victor after losing his job and realizing that his father has also died. Regardless of the fact that their family separated a long time ago victor makes the effort of giving his father a decent burial. With the help of his childhood buddy Thomas, victor goes to Arizona to get the remains of his father to have them cremated and collect his dead fathers little savings. Through the dreams and stories of his friend Thomas the writer shows us the difference between the contemporary generations used to living in reservations, with alcohol as a companion to former generations that were used to living in tipis.
Despite the different settings, used by the authors, it is clearly demonstrated that intergenerational relationships have many complications. Loss of cultural identity has been clearly exposed whether as a result of alienation like the native Americans in this is what it means to say phoenix and Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at Woodstock or through assimilation as a result of immigration as shown in My son the fanatic. Either way we have to find a way of resolving the issues amicably to try and minimize if not eliminate this vice in our societies.
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