Love Medicine

Discusses Louise Erdrich’s use of cars as a metaphor for materialism in the modern world.

In Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich uses cars as a metaphor to the materialism and values of the modern world, which she sees as the road to native self-destruction. In her novel, we clearly see how some natives finally allow themselves to be absorbed into white culture. For Erdrich, this cultural development is native suicide. One of her main metaphors, therefore, is how white society assimilates natives through the vehicle of the car.