Thomas is an eccentric storyteller and Victor is an angry young man who enjoys playing basketball.
Jenise Johandes In "Smoke Signals", we see the protagonist, Victor, challenged by two people who force him to redefine his self-concept and also the beliefs he has of his father. The first impression we get of Victor is that he has a bad attitude.
However, it is evident that he is not a bad person. The movie takes us with Victor on his journey toward self-discovery. On one hand Victor says many things that lead us to believe that he is very proud of his Indian heritage.
On the other hand, he makes some derogatory statements. For example in the reflective scene where his father asks him who his favorite Indian is, young Victor says nobody. He is obviously disgusted with the alcoholism within his family and probably throughout the reservation.
I think that he wants to be proud of his heritage, but that the Indians he is surrounded with are a far cry from the painted warriors of long ago. He probably tries to feel connected to the Indians as they were on the plains before the white man came.
They were proud, strong and brave, which is how he wants to be. Victor himself has taken on the warrior role. Though Victor wants to think of himself this way, it is incongruent with who he really is.
He confronts the men, but backs down quickly, showing that his "warrior" persona, is only skin deep. Victor has a lot going on in his unconscious that he will not let come up to the surface for him to deal with.
Inwardly, Victor feels responsible for his father leaving. We see this in the scene right after his father left and Thomas confronts him. Thomas, as we see, stirs up trouble. Young Thomas asks the young Victor why his father left and if it was because he hated him. Victor proceeds to beat Thomas up and then run away.
This notion protected him from his unconscious belief that his father left because of him. If Victor had allowed himself to think about it, he may have realized that the negative notion he had of his father was just a way of protecting himself from the guilt that lay in his unconscious.
Instead, this notion had to be broken down by a wealth of new evidence presented by the antagonists, Thomas and Suzy Song. He goes about it in a very interesting way.
I believe he does know. He knows exactly what he is doing. He knows that Victor is struggling, and that in order to be at peace, he needs to confront the issue.
I believe, though, that it does get to him. Victor loses his temper with Thomas on a few occasions when Thomas is talking about his dad. This leads me to believe that Thomas is scratching the surface and it makes Victor uncomfortable.
Perhaps Victor would have gone on like this but with the addition of Suzy and the information she has, these beliefs would it be correct to refer to them as constructs?
She says that he was a good man and that he was like a father to her. Victor scoffs at this, but it bothers him. When she finally tells him about the fire, Victor cannot support his theory anymore. It is then obvious that his father left because he was fleeing from the guilt he felt at having caused the fire.
Victor is then forced to acknowledge the fact that his father did love and care for him. Victor then pulls out his knife and cuts his hair.
Earlier in the movie, he had told Thomas that an "Indian man is nothing without his hair". Perhaps cutting his hair is symbolic of giving up his old notions and starting over. Since he had built his entire self-concept around the feelings that he had toward his father, he is now left with nothing; he must, in a sense, start over.Create a FREE account now to: Create a FREE account and get immediate access to.
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Adam Beach and Evan Adams star as Victor Joseph and Thomas Builds-the-Fire, characters whose lives have been intertwined on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation since childhood. While attending a party to celebrate "the white man's bicentennial" in , Victor's father, Arnold, saved Thomas when the infant was tossed out of the window of .
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Jul 26, · Based on Alexie's short story collection, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Smoke Signals depicts a journey from the Coeur D'Alene reservation in Idaho to Phoenix by two teenage Indians, Victor Joseph (Adam Beach) and Thomas Builds-the-Fire (Evan Adams).
Victor's father, Arnold (Gary Farmer) has just died and Victor is sent to.