Native American author Sherman Alexie's novel Lone Ranger and Tonto: Fistfight in Heaven and its subsequent film adaptation entitled Smoke Signals tell the story of Victor, an Indian whose alcoholic, abusive father left him and his mother when Victor was a young boy. In the movie, Victor's father has died off the reservation, and as the only son, Victor must go claim his father's ashes. Below is a clip of the movie's final scene where Victor releases his father's ashes into the river. The scene begins with Victor's friend Thomas being asked, "Tell me what happened. Tell me what's going to happen." Thomas replies with words from a poem by Dick Lourie entitled "Forgiving our Fathers"
After watching the clip and reading through the poem, what lesson do you think Alexie is attempting to teach by using this poem in this context? Is it forgiveness? Unforgiveness? Or something different. Use two examples from the poem and/or images in the movie clip to support your argument.
After watching the clip and reading through the poem, the lesson that I think Alexie is attempting to teach by using this poem in this context is finding ...
A short, personal reader response idea is generated regarding Victor's release of his father's ashes into the river why/how the poem signifies this character's evolution.