Essay title: Wolf Whistle by Lewis Nordan
But, what exactly is this hope? This hope is not to all of the sudden have a 180 degree turn and there be a type of utopia between races and classes. On the contrary, this hope is more of a chance. But, a chance at what? This little bit of hope that Nordan gives the Arrow Catcher community is more of a chance to broaden their horizons so to speak.
It gives them a chance to think outside of the box which, in turn, means to think outside of themselves and the judgments that people carry and eventually pass down from generation to generation. It allows them a chance to educate themselves on racial and class differences, which will possibly, hopefully prevent them from continuing to be so ignorant. If the community were not to have this chance, Arrow Catcher could possibly never change.
This change that the town needs is a different view. They need a different view of life and on people. They needed something to pry their eyes open, and this murder was the thing to do it.
Before the horrific murder took place, the people of Arrow Catcher did what he or she wanted to do. They thought only of themselves; they were what one would call self-absorbed. A good example of this can be seen in the characters of Runt and his son Roy Dale. Even though Runt was miserable without his wife, he refused to change. He did what he wanted to do, which was not necessarily what pleased him, but more or less satisfied him like hanging around at Red’s Goodlookin Bar and Gro. and drinking. No matter how much he missed his wife, Fortunata, or realized that drinking was slowly killing him, he did not bother to do anything about these things.
He even admitted that he “doubted” that she would even come back, because he had not changed (page 88). He obviously thought only of himself and not of what was good for him and his family (including his wife).Likewise, Roy Dale was miserable without his mother. He was bitter, and he only did what he wanted to do which was mostly practice for the arrow-catching team.
Yet, after the murder and all the events surrounding it took place, one sees these two characters began to change. For instance, Runt began to think of what he could do to make his wife happy such as to stop drinking and to give his parrot away. But, one sees Runt begin his transformation when he chooses to change his name. He believes that he wants to change his name because of the fact that “a body was found” which the reader eventually finds out is Bobo (page 196).
Moreover, within the novel, there were those few characters that offered to the other characters this little chance for change. Namely, these characters are Alice and Smoky Viner. First of all, because Alice was able to have the chance to live away from Arrow Catcher, she has the advantage of having a different perspective on life as well as race than the other townspeople do.
It is as if she sees things less through race and more through life, meaning, seeing things as well as people just as they are and not with a predetermined belief. To continue, Alice attempts to educate her students on everything even those things that today’s society would consider not appropriate. She takes them on wild and seemingly unsuitable field trips for fourth grade children, such as to the murder trial or to see Glenn Gregg who is practically on his death bed. Alice teaches her students to see things in their raw state, with no prejudgments. She teaches her students to.