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Tony’s story

Literary analysis of the short story “Tony’s story” by Leslie Silko.

Tony’s story is about two indian boys. One of them, named Leon, has just arrived back to the pueblo from the army. The other one is called Tony. The story takes place in the middle of the summer. On San Lorenzo’s day, a holiday, Leon suddenly gets hit by a cop, without any reason. Afterwards, Leon is of course upset about the incident -“I’ll kill the big basterd if he comes around here again”, Leon kept saying.” (p. 2, l. 12). Tony keeps telling Leon, that he should just forget about the incident, but Leon won’t let it g o. On the night of the incident, Tony has a nightmare involving a witch (p. 2, l. 5), wich he keeps refering to as being the cop.
The boys bump into the cop the day after, and the cop follows them on the highway home, and stops them. While the cop is talking to Tony and Leon, Tony doesn’t talk to or look in the eyes of the cop, because his parent’s learned him not to look into the eyes of the witches.
The next day, Leon and Tony goes for another ride in the car. They get very far out on the meadow, before they realize that the cop is following them. They stop the car, and the cop and Leon gets out of the cars. Inside of the car, Tony gets more and more freaked out, in his belive, that the cop is the masked dancer or the witch, wich he dreamt about. He sees the cop threaten Leon, and shoots the
.30-30 rifle and kills the cop. Both Leon and Tony panik because of their sudden and unexpected murder, and decides to put the cop into his car, and set the car on fire. When that’s done, Leon gets pale and shaky, and asked Tony, what was wrong with him. Tony answers: “Don’t worry, everything is O.K. now, Leon. It’s killed. They somethimes take on strange forms”.

The narrator is a first person, lyrical I. The story is told from Tony’s…...

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