No matter what we do, there will always be consequences. In Sherman Alexie’s book, Flight, a fifteen year old half Native American boy named Zits struggles with many difficult topics, one of which is the theme of revenge. Zits travels through time and lives in different bodies to experience the world from different angles throughout the book. In one section of the book, Zits is in the body of a young Native American boy.
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.
Despite the negative stereotype of American Indians, the objections and disapproval of fellow Natives, and the criticism of others, Sherman Alexie went on to become a successful writer that has inspired many. Alexie overcame many obstacles that would have deterred him from his goal, but he was able to remain steadfast and continue on in his pursuit of writing. As a result, he has published many literary works that include several short stories, poems, and a variety of novels. He allows his culture to seep into his writing, and continues to inspire young American Indians who also desire the path of knowledge.
As the wild west opened, so did new opportunities for American to strike it rich. But with the wild west opening up for the Americans, Indian lands were being encroached for railroads and homesteads. Indians were being pushed into reservations, their children sent to assimilation schools such a the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. In the horrors of American assimilation targeted at young Native American children, many children would face the struggle of losing their identity or face punishment of resisting assimilation. In the assimilation stories of Zitkala Sa’s Impressions of an Indian Childhood and Sherman Alexie’s Indian Education, tells the tale of their childhood experience being integrated into “American culture”.
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.
“Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie In Sherman Alexie’s autobiographical essay, he uses an extended metaphor to compare and contrast himself and a fictional character Superman. Illustrations that was used by Alexie made a huge impact on this essay. It helps the readers better understand what is being said in Alexie’s “Superman and Me”. On this essay, Alexie mentions how he can see his family being a paragraph. Also, one of an extended metaphor that was used is how Superman and Alexie broke down the doors.
Following Through Junior’s Perspective: An Analysis of Junior’s Narrative Voice Junior, the protagonist, in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a poor Indian boy looking for hope. Sherman Alexie, the author, relates to Junior. He personally lived on the Spokane Indian Reservation and knew what life is like growing up as an American Indiana. Alexie’s character’s verbal expressions are full of sarcasm and understatement. Although their lives differ, the author and the main character are connected by their mutual culture and background.
“Superman and Me” Essay In the essay “Superman and Me”, the extended metaphor that is used to connect Superman and Sherman Alexie is that they break down doors mentally and physically. An extended metaphor is a metaphor developed at a great length or occurring frequently in or throughout a piece of work. In Alexie’s essay, he is comparing himself to a fictional character, Superman, who breaks down doors grabbing the attention of the person he is trying to save; Alexie, on the other hand, breaks down the mental doors of other people’s mind grabbing their attention, so he can explain why reading and writing is important. “ The Indian children crowd the classroom.
I think one of the best way to tell a sad reality is by making your audience cry and laugh at the same time. The author of "What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona", Sherman J. Alexie, does just that. Victor and Thomas Builds-The-Fire were childhood friends that had not spoken in years. When Victor's father dies in Arizona, Thomas Builds-The-Fire gives Victor the money he needs to bring his father home with one condition: Thomas Builds-The-Fire gets to go along with him to Arizona. My overall response to this story was that I found it both humorous and intriguing.
In the short story “This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”, by author Sherman Alexie, his writing style is very prominent. Alexie is about to achieve this by writing in a very blunt manner. When Victor is talking about his father dying he says, “‘He died of a heart attack in his trailer and nobody found him for a week. It was really hot, too,’” (Alexie 512).
Aging is a phenomena not only of the body, but of the mind as well. It is situational in practice, giving each journey into adulthood its own “thumbprint”. One’s trials and tribulations gain emotional weight as they are encountered, but the weight one holds at certain periods of time can differ according to their background. The novels Flight, The Joy Luck Club, and The Glass Castle; however, enlighten the possibility of resembling another’s venture into maturity, despite distinct differences in general conditions. Together, these three novels endeavor into their protagonists’ personalities, and they thematically portray coming-of-age transformation.