This story is written by Sherman Alexie and is a story of hope for the children of different ethnicity. Hope for them to merge in the American society. The author in the story presents himself as a child having a dream to blend in the American society and by sticking to his dream he grew among the children of his same background. Sherman is a Native American Indian and is expected to be slow and “stupid”. The story is interesting.
Superman Learns to Read Four star general, Colin Powell once said, “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and eliminate doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.” His quote rings true for many elements that great leaders and strong arguments share. In order for arguments to be successful, they must be simplified, eliminate doubt, and propose an easy-to-comprehend solution. The argument must be simplified through clear and concise prose. The argument must acknowledge opposing views and void the opposition’s claim.
Both Beatty from Fahrenheit 451 and Sherman Alexie, author of "The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me," have strong feelings about the value of books. This can be seen numerous times throughout each story. Beatty despises books and wants them destroyed in Fahrenheit 451.It is stated in the text that “Let's not quibble other individuals with memoriams forget them”(Bradbury 57). This demonstrates how Beatty thinks books are offensive and that remembering the past brings back unpleasant feelings, so he simply says to burn it. Another piece of proof that would support Beatty's opinion of books is”colored people don't like little black sambo…Burn the book.serenity,Montag.peace,Montag”(Bradbury 57).This shows how Beatty feels that books are
A Superhero is not judged by the power he has,but only by the choices he makes. In the essay,”Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie, the author uses an extended metaphor to explain his relationship with the fictional character Superman. Alexie uses many things in his life to compare himself to Superman. Although Alexie may not be seen as a hero with actual superpowers, he demonstrates the qualities of a superhero in different ways. Alexie is seen as someone that almost resembles an alien in the eyes of his society.
In the text, “Superman and Me,”One main quote that explains everything you need to know about this article is when Sherman Alexie says, “I wasrefused to fail. I was smart. I was lucky.” Many people that have read this choose to believe that this quote is just an irritating repetition of how he felt about himself, however, closer examination shows that it actually develops his main claim and central idea, refines his claims, and shows the purpose of this text all in one quote. Alexie was a young, Indian boy who just wanted to know how to read in write in the aspiration of becoming emotionally closer to his father because he loved him so.
The story of his life in “Superman and me” by, Sherman Alex, expressed deeply of himself on how dedicated and content he was during his youthful life. As a young impecunious Indian boy, he grew up on the sides of Eastern Washington state following the path of his father’s dedication in the love of reading and writing. He self taught his way up to be an overachiever reader by constantly reading everything he saw in sight. Later in life, acting as a life saver, he taught those who lacked in reading and writing. He’s proud and prudent to this day, leading those who are inspired by his novels, poems and short stories.
In The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me by Sherman Alexie, Alexie states “A smart Indian is a dangerous person, widely feared and ridiculed by Indians and non-Indians alike” (Alexie 364). I would have to disagree with this statement. He is making it sound like just because he is a minority that received somewhat of an education, he should be feared by others. I believe that anyone who is smart and forceful in a community is dangerous because they have the willpower to go to any lengths to uphold their beliefs. On the other hand, I also believe that just because you are smart, you don’t necessarily have to be feared.
The event he mentioned was the part in his life when a woman taught him how to read and write. This was very important to him because this was the one thing he loved to do and inspired him. he favored this because he had learned how to interpret
In the essay “Superman and Me”, the author, Sherman Alexie recalls the time he first learned to read. He talks about his Indian culture and the perception of people like himself. He also discusses his childhood and the outcome of learning to read. The reoccurring theme of the essay is the love of reading. The author used various literacy devices to express the feelings of empowerment, happiness and the necessity that came with learning to read.
Although he learned a lot due to books, he believes that each book teaches you a lesson. He believes that all bad books usually have a greater lesson to teach you than the good books. Books also thought him what he can and can’t do while writing. While reading books he learned “Good writing, on the other hand, teaches the learning writer about style, graceful narration, plot development, the
herman Alexie began to break down the walls of Native American Reservation life ever since he picked up his first book; or in his case a Superman comic when he was only three years old. Alexie had not yet learned to read, but assumed that the comic read, “ Superman is breaking down the door,” and that Superman says, “I am breaking down the door.”. Growing up on a Spokane Reservation, his creativity; like the brown door in the comic, is blocked. His fellow classmates and his white teachers continuously told him that because of his heritage, because he was “Indian”, he was not supposed to be smart. He was ridiculed by the people around him for answering questions in class and reading books.
I read books late into the night, until I could barely keep my eyes open… I loved those books, but I also knew that love had only one purpose. I was trying to save my life.” Being like Sherman Alexie meant he was neither accepted as a smart non-Indian boy, nor was he accepted as a dumb Indian boy. He was lost in the shadows, to never be welcomed into either group. Which in his case was a good thing, there in the shadows he had even more time to gain intelligence, he could read and increase his likelihood of forcing open the cement door that stood in his way.
“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark” (Victor Hugo). And just with a spark of reading, Sherman Alexie discovers a passion for reading books, in the end saving his life from the misery of living a poor middle-class life. Similarly, it frees Frederick Douglass from the unjust life of a slave, and leads him to pursue the flame and learn to read. And with the power of fire, William Stafford sets flame to books in his poem, books that no one bothers writing, books of ignorance, books that unfortunately do not exist to save lives. Reading makes a person realize her/his position in society and defy it.
Do women prefer Clark Kent or Superman? Superman is mysterious, confident, and bold. He sees life as a challenge and probably has an “I don 't care” type of attitude who seldom says he is sorry for his actions and puts his ambitions first and foremost. Clark Kent is the kind of guy that is a little more nervous around women. Maybe for various reasons: maybe he has been hurt a lot emotionally, turned down a lot, or maybe he is just shy.