Sherman Alexie’s powerful novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, investigates the concealed complexity of the Spokane Indians world. Sherman Alexie illustrates jovial humor, brutal reality, and eulogistic sadness through the pragmatic main character, Arnold Spirit Junior, to allow the reader fathom what the Native Americans are feeling. Indian reservations ― although they are home to some of the most culturally rich and spiritual people ― have had a long history of being more prison-like than a place of peace and comfort. The hopeless Indians, in modern society, that inhabit the reservations are suffering through poverty and drunk alcoholic chaos. Poverty and alcohol seem to dominate the once joyful society.
Sherman Alexie writes the story “Indian Education” using a deadpan tone to build and connect the years of the narrator 's life together in an ironic way. Alexie is able to utilize irony through the use of separate, short sections within the story. The rapid presentation of events, simple thoughts, and poetic points made within the story enable the reader to make quick connections about the narrator’s life to draw more complex realizations. The art that Alexie uses to write this very short story is poetic in nature through the meaning and structure of his writing. By the fact that the reader can draw deeper conclusions about the narrator 's life from Alexie’s writing is evident that his writing is poetic.
Expectations often impose an inescapable reality. In the short story “Indian Education” by Sherman Alexie, Victor often struggles with Indian and American expectations during school. Alexie utilizes parallelism in the construction of each vignette, introducing a memoir of tension and concluding with a statement about Victor’s difficulties, to explore the conflict between cultures’ expectations and realities. Alexei initially uses parallelism to commence each vignette with cultural tension. In second grade, Victor undergoes a conflict with his missionary teacher, who coerced Victor into taking an advanced spelling test and cutting his braids.
In the story,"The School Days of an Indian Girl" a girl named Zitkala-Ša talks about how it feels to come into a new country knowing nothing about it. She comes to America with her sister, her first experience with people from here doesn’t go well. She gets on a train filled with people, mainly white. They all look at her in a weird way. Even babies are looking at them weird.
Not only does Sherman Alexie show the true role of friendship, but he also shows that no matter where Junior is, he gets bullied by someone. He has forty-two teeth, he wears glasses, he has a major stutter and a lisp, he has a big head, and he is skinny (2-4). These are some reasons why he gets made fun of on the reservation. But, eventually he learns to stick up for himself and take action. Sherman Alexie shows this when Junior decides to go to Rearden (45-46).
I read the book The Indian School by Gloria Whelan and the genre is Biography. In my book there is 96 pages. According to goodreads.com someone wrote that “the book sends a good message about the importance of maintaining a person’s culture, especially for children. ”I think this would be a good book for 8-12 and it would be the perfect for these ages because it the vocabulary is not to hard and if you love read about story 's from the past this would be a great book for you. The protagonists in this book the is a girl named Lucy and a girl named Raven.
Life is full of doors, some are open and some are closed. There comes a time when sealed doors need to be broken open so everyone can reach their maximum potential and goals in life, just like Sherman Alexie did in “Superman and Me.” An example of Sherman Alexie breaking down doors is one of his quotes from “Superman and Me,” “this might be an interesting story all by itself. A little Indian boy teaches himself to read at an early age and advances quickly. He reads Grapes of Wrath in kindergarten when other children are struggling through Dick and Jane.
Raised in an Indian household in an American environment I am torn between deciding which represents me as a whole. My family dictates that I should cherish my heritage. However in all honesty I am not fond from where I come from, I still don’t know how to read my native language, I am still basic speaker in my mother language, and there are some values in my culture that I am totally disgusted
From what I understand of the word tribe it is a grouping of people in a shared community with the same religious beliefs; usually associated with Native peoples. Connotations I make with the word when it comes to my thought process is loyalty, family, and selflessness. When junior refers to the word “tribe” in his narrative, he does not appear to associate it with positive feelings like I do. He does not feel safe or appreciated in his community. Whenever Junior uses the word tribe in his writing, he is using it as a synonym for the people on the “rez.”
Observation At the 125th stop of the 1 subway train line, four young boys no older than 13 enter the car. It is Thursday, February 15th at 3:30pm and the boys seem to be coming from school, as they are all wearing backpacks. The group consists of two black boys, one white boy, and one perceived to be of mixed race. They are all dressed in similar clothing: pants, T-shirts, and jackets.
In the book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, bullying is a big part of Junior’s life. At the reservation, Junior gets bullied not only because he is how he is but because the kids on the rez are mean and rude. Junior got in many fights because of all the kids bullying him, so he fought back against them. Junior also is bullied in Readen because he is Indian. Junior is bullied in Readen and on the rez because he doesn’t fully belong in either of those two worlds, but the bullying doesn’t stop him from achieving his goals.