Sherman Alexie's Childhood

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Through the employment of anecdote, Alexie gives the audience personal insight into a critical point of his childhood. Because the examples shown in his essay are genuine, he allows the reader to more emotionally connect to his argument about the effects of reading. Alexie opens his essay with “I learned to read from a Superman comic book” (Alexie 215), in an attempt to engage the reader by mentioning the famed superhero and to have audience reminisce about childhood. He also introduces his child-self as a little boy who “refused to fail, was smart, arrogant, and lucky”, hoping that the reader will see themselves in him (Alexie 218). Through descriptions of his challenging life on the reservation, the author appeals to the emotions of his audience,
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