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The past haunts the presentSummer Bridge EssayJuly 23, 2010How the past haunts the present The stories within The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, the ones told by Thomas Builds-the-Fire in particular, help to illustrate the relationship between the tribe's past and its present. The story's characters want to embody the past so that they can be modern day warriors and become something more than what they are now. The present has gone away from the tribe's past traditions leaving Alexie's characters searching for something more something beyond "beer and broken dreams" (Alexie 74). These stories show how the past is brought into the present, haunting the characters, signifying the importance of the past as illustrated by Thomas's trial. His stories of the past are what he is ultimately condemned for, he lives in the past that everyone else in the book is haunted by. The character of Thomas Builds-the