Sherman Alexie in the essay, “Superman and Me: The Joy of Reading and Writing,” explains that being underprivileged does not always lead to failure. ALexie supports his explanation by first, introducing his background as a young child on an Indian Reservation then, illustrating how he learned to read through a Superman Comic Book and finally, reflecting on his past to benefit future generations of native children. The author’s purpose is to change native kid’s futures through education in order to prove that native children can be successful. The author writes in a reflective tone for (well-educated) non-natives who expect failure from
There is now another Superman named Sherman Alexie. He even has powers, accomplishing the thought so impossible. The extended metaphor in Sherman's Alexie's article "Superman and Me" connects the author with Superman by being expected to fail at some point, accomplished things that no ordinary person would do, and they both pulled through in the end.
Superman and Me is an inspirational and moving passage that effectively uses rhetoric to develop a strong story of an indian boy who used reading to overcome the stereotype of being expected to fail. Sherman Alexie, the author, was a poor young Indian boy living on a reservation his dad loved reading so his house was filled with books and he loved reading books this passage explains how reading saved his life. Sherman uses ethos, pathos, and rhetorical strategies such as hyperbole, anaphora, tone shift, parallelism, and zeugma. Sherman Alexie strongly uses strong ethos to develop his argument. In the background paragraph Sherman uses ethos.
In Sherman Alexie “Superman and Me” Alexie who is a three year old Indian boy who he does not know how to read and write. Alexie learned how to read by himself with reading comic books. Alexie got intrested in reading comic books because his father collected them and had plenty at home. Before Alexie knew how to read he would read the comic books but he was not able to understand what he was reading. Instead he would observe the pictures in the comic books and gave him an idea what was going on.
Alexie, Sherman, “Superman and Me: The Joy of Reading and Writing.” Los Angeles Times, 19 April 1998. Sherman Alexie shared how his childhood of reading helped him become a better reader and a leader for others. He first read a Superman comic and then went on to bigger and better books. Alexie explains that in his Native American reservation it’s okay for children not to excel in school.
Dorothy L Sayers once said, ‘Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds.” Syntax is a set of rules in a language that dictates how words from different parts of speech are put together in order to convey a complete thought. In Superman and Me by Sherman Alexie, combines simple sentences and enumeration in order to initiate understanding of his difficult Native up bringing with his audience. In the essay, Superman and Me by Sherman Alexie, syntax is utilized to reflect his purpose by communicating meaning and keeping the reader's attention throughout his descriptions of struggle that he endured while learning to read.
Reading is something that we do every day and all day, no matter what form of reading it may be, perhaps, reading a text, skimming over a tweet, reading a billboard, or even reading a long lengthy passage that was instructed by your professor. When it comes to reading many advantages can be taken away from just the shortest passages. A person who reads more is more likely to be up to date with the latest news, show empathic growth and pro- social behavior. People with little reading experience are less likely to be equipped for the general population, resulting in high school dropouts, unemployment, and a declining social life. The readings Is Fiction Making Us Stupid by Jonathan Gottschall, and Superman and Me by Sherman Alexie are outstanding,
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R.R. Martin). A reader can experience many new and different cultures by reading a variety of different books. The reader is also able to experience the lives of the all the contrasting characters and thus live a thousand lives unlike someone who never reads.
Alexie captures the audience 's emotion in this essay. He writes about how Native American children are very intelligent but ignore the chance to learn, because it is what is expected from them. This part of the essay is powerful because young Native American kids can read this and understand that they can learn and become smart young adults.
Waiting for Superman features six kids, that all have educational obstacles to overcome. Focusing on Daisy from Los Angeles, who out of the six kids, probably has the strongest dedication and motivation towards her own education, already knows she wants to be a doctor or nurse. She even wrote a letter to a college admission office, hoping to set herself apart from all the other students, showing her strong interest in succeeding. She works extremely hard to keep her grades up in order to graduate in a school where 57% of students probably won't graduate. Her school is the worst one of many that are considered “dropout factories” across the country.