“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. Many are writing their own poems, short stories, and novels.They look at me with bright eyes and arrogant wonder.
Have you ever compared yourself to superhero before? Well Sherman Alexie has! Throughout the essay “Superman and Me” he compares himself to Superman because they are both writers, they are both different from other people, and they both break down doors. To start with, according to paragraphs 8 and the Superman comics, movies, and other stuff they are both writers. Alexie has written lots of books for a living while Superman works at the daily planet while he 's in his disguise.
The start of Alexie 's passion for reading begin when he picked up a Superman comic book. His love for reading made him unique from his fellow classmates, he challenged himself by constantly reading and defying the stereotypes set by reservation born Indians. He wrote "Superman and Me" in the late 1990 's to flashback to his life on the reservation and demonstrate how reading saved his life. The inspirational piece, "Superman and Me," is meant to spread knowledge to young generations of Indians.
Imagine yourself throwing a plastic ring from a six pack of soda on the ground. Next, picture that same piece of plastic that was thrown on the ground wrapped around a sea otters neck, and it being trapped. Makes you want to pick up that plastic ring, doesn’t it? Frank Trippett in his article, “A Red Light for Scofflaws” argues that social order is broken when citizens who normally would obey the law become scofflaws. The author starts by explaining which laws he believes that are most broken everyday.
Consequently, promoting obedience benefits the upper-class by helping them maintain their status and control over the community without being challenged. While it might not be evident at first glance, this subjection to authority is opposed many times in Superman Earth One. Specifically, Clark’s internal debate leading to his decision to assume his Superman role, hence following his father’s advice, gives interesting insight on obedience. In this scene, Tyrell, the villain, is launching an attack on Metropolis. Trying to take pictures for the journal he works for, Olsen puts himself in danger by approaching enemy war robots.
He makes it appear that stories are almost like living things. The author, Ray Bradbury uses personification in this paragraph to make it appear that the books can breathe, since they have pores. Montag is not only looking for books, but the genuine meaning behind each and every one of them. This reminds me of when I read the Harry Potter series. Reading all these books helped me visualize the characters, the plot, the setting, and also helped me to understand the story
At first glance of the story, it can be easy to mistake Harrison himself as the breakaway hero. After all, he is first described as "a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous" (Vonnegut 197). Not to mention his parents are two of the main characters, and this idea brings the "child saving the parents (along with everyone else) in need" trope to life (think Harry Potter avenging the deaths of his parents). Harrison 's looks and sheer strength were said to have awed those of even Thor, the god of thunder (198). What makes him unable to be the hero, however, is his selfishness and delusional attitude.
Explanatory Essay 2 Reading is a beneficial thing in many ways and these two writers have benefited greatly from having experience reading it has given them want for more than just what is expected of them by others. When these two authors speak of the impacts reading has had over their lives they speak of how they have plans to strive and be their own person. During the first story of “Superman and Me” they author specifically talks of how the other Indian children around him “submissively duck their heads when confronted by non-Indian adults” this describes not only the fear they held but also how they were viewed. While non-Indian children could freely speak and be comfortable the Indian children feels out of place if they are not in the company of their people. Throughout their lives the Indians children such as Sherman are expected to fail by the non-Indians and they normally satisfied this opinion it says in the sixth paragraph that they were expected to be stupid then supports this saying that “most lived up to those expectations”.
When Ali and Hassan go grocery shopping, Amir sneaks into their “living quarters” and “lift[s] Hassan 's mattress and plant[s] [Amir’s] new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it” (104). After his original plan fails, Amir tries harder to dispose of Hassan by framing him for stealing from Amir. This contemptible action proves how far Amir is willing to go in order to push off his problems. When Hassan confesses to stealing from Amir, Baba responds calmly by saying, “I forgive you” (105). Baba forgives Hassan for committing the “one unforgivable sin” (106) because he loves Hassan and could not bear to send him and his “father” away.
“We all have good and evil inside us.It's what side we choose to follow that defines who we are”-J.K. Rowling William Golding wrote Lord of the Flies during a time of conflict and war. In response to all the conflict Golding wrote Lord of the Flies, a book about kids that crash landed on an island and how the isolation affects them. Golding wrote Lord of the Flies to tell that humans are corrupted to evil or forced to be good based by their surroundings. Jack a character in the book is an example of this. In the beginning of the book Jack is a cocky kid who says “ I ought to be chief,because I’m chapter chorister and head boy” ( Golding,22).
In Superman and Me by Sherman Alexie, Alexie’s father’s love for books grew to make his self-love books ending up in Alexie teaching himself how to read. Alexie describes the stereotypes and what is expected of Indian children and how Indian children were expected to basically have no knowledge Many lived up to those expectations inside the classroom but invalidated them on the outside. While other children were doing this, Alexie’s father was one of the few Indians on the reservation who went to Catholic School on purpose and was also an devoted reader. Alexie grew up around books. His father had a strong love for books as he bought them by the pound from pawn shops, goodwill and the salvation army.
In the story the joy of reading Superman and me Sherman Alexie tells an emotional story of both hardship and success. He shares his struggles of being a poor Indian kid destined to fail, but he had a desire to be persevere he wanted to be more than the stereotypical uneducated Indian on a reservation and was determined to do so. He was inspired by his father to love books, and with the love for books came the ability to escape from the boundaries of the reservation and the dream to be more. Alexie shares how he taught his self to read with a superman comic book and with his witty metaphors how it shaped his life. I found Alexis story to be emotional, but yet very interesting.
I enjoyed the book. I think it is important and helps people know more about an unfamiliar period in history. It was very well organized and engaging, Although the author sometimes goes into superfluous detail. I really enjoyed how connected the author was to Mongol culture, and impressed by the level of research he did. I would tell my friend to be prepared to be surprised by the Mongols accomplishments and how sophisticated their empire and culture was.
Alexie states that he doesn’t remember much about what he read, but he remembers one important detail. He remembers when he learned to read. The panel that first taught him how to read was a scene of Superman breaking down a door. I believe this detail is important because Alexie is beating the odds, or breaking down a barrier, when he learns how to read so well. Because of his love of reading, Alexie wants to share the art of words with other Indian children.