Summary Of Superman And Me By Sherman Alexie

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Sherman Alexie utilizes “Superman and Me” to illustrate the power of literacy in encouraging Native Americans to surpass societal expectations. Alexie first introduces readers to his unique life on the reservation by describing how his family’s low economic status did not stop his father from accumulating an arsenal of books. In fact, he ascribes his devotion to literacy to his father’s love of books. Being constantly surrounded by books allowed Alexie to connect writing to the world around him. For example, he “realized that a paragraph was a fence that held words,” before continuing to comparing his family to a seven paragraph essay (Alexie 1401). Simultaneously, Alexie picked up his first Superman comic book. Utilizing the pictures, he
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