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.
I wish my son could be more like a proper man, tougher, stronger and courageous. I wish he would just stop reading and get his head out of his books and start to act like a real man. He is always being a coward and backing down, that’s not what a real man would do. I’ve tried everything that I can do to help him but nothing seems to make sense to him. Hassan is a great example for Amir of how to be a real man.
Reading "Superman and Me" gave me conflicting feelings. Of course, the tale of a young boy striving to succeed in and environment where he is nearly required to fail is thrilling, yet it really makes you think of the environment itself. He was a young Indian child living on a reservation; however, he recognized that he was an intelligent person. Others around him tried to quiet him because Indian children were supposed to be dumb. Sherman Alexie wanted more out of life.Sherman Alexie used many different rhetorical devices throughout his story.
Through these words one can notice the serious discrimination he faces as a young boy, which stagnates other Indian boys like him. But his passion for reading, makes him realize what other Indians cannot, that they do not need to become what others expect from them: failures who need to show fear for non-indians. This makes him defy his position in society and pursue his dreams while fighting against the ignorance that comes with stereotypes. He reads everything he can, and manages to save his life from these stereotypes that hold prisoner Indian boys. This stands as an example of the importance reading can have on a person’s life, as the person becomes aware that they can fight the ignorance others want them to have.
Okonkwo is very aware of his self-image and wants to be viewed as a hero in the Ibo tribe. If Okonkwo was to act feminine he would not be seen as a hero, but he would be insulted instead. Okonkwo’s father was a very lazy, weak man with no desires or ambitions. Okonkwo strived to be the opposite of who his father was and wants to have a totally different reputation than his father. ‘Even as a little boy he had resented his father’s failure and weakness, and even now he still remembered how he had suffered when a playmate had told him that his father was agbala.
Children learn from their parent’s mistakes and one thing Okonkwo learned was to rule by one thing” passion- to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved. One of those things was gentleness and another was idleness.” Therefore, he wants to raise Nwoye with fear and abuse since, his father raised him with gentleness. Okonkwo is afraid Nwoye will “be found to resemble his father” so, he treated him and Ikemefuna “with a heavy hand.” Okonkwo was “fond of the boy” but, he did not “express any emotion openly, unless it be the emotion of anger.” Therefore,” when Okonkwo heard that he would not eat any food he came into the hut with a big stick in his hand and stood over him while he swallowed his yams, trembling.” This shows that Okonkwo is raising Nwoye with fear so, he will raise up to be a successful man who will do what he is told no matter what and not be lazy. Okonkwo is scaring Nwoye that he will beat him so, he will listen to him. Everything Okonkwo is doing is because he “was not a cruel man.
Kasey Otazu 11118 Midterm The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a bestseller written by author Sherman Alexie it tells the story of Junior. Junior is growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He is determined to take his future into his own hands because his fear of ending up like the people around him. The book follows important themes such as managing misery with humor, chasing hopes and aspirations, racism, the support of family, alcoholism and living in between two cultures. Despite having such important topics the book is band by many schools because of how freely sexuaity and rascim is written which it should not be.
In the story, “Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie, he speaks about his childhood experience and how he taught himself how to read and write. He shares how growing up on an Indian reservation led to him not fitting in at school along with having little support from family and friends due to the fact that he attended public school. Through this story Alexie shows us that everything he achieved rose from personal dedication and self-education. Although Alexie was able to succeed, the message being sent is that without role models, you have to cut your own path to success. Alexie never grew up with many roles models but as he got older he realized that he could be a role model for others.
Throughout Junior’s personal diary, he openly talks about his life with his family on the reservation and despite the gloomy descriptions, Junior manages to cover the misery with his honest humour, which also engages the implied readers with Junior’s personality. Junior explains his journey as he transfers from a Native American society to a European society. The novel shows that Junior doesn’t give up on what he believes in and wants the best for himself by transferring to Rearden. There are many passive messages about different races, socioeconomic statuses and genders. When Junior first meets Penelope, he doesn’t realise until later in the novel that they share life difficulties, and he realises that there is more to her than just her appearance.
While teaching the Indian students of his community years’ later Sherman still speaks of seeing some and he says “they stare out the window they refuse and resist”. When these students do so he sees it as not an opportunity to fail he wants to give them the gift he had he tells them of the “Books” he had and of how he is “trying to save our lives”. When he says these words it is somewhat of an exaggeration no the Indian population will not die without reading and education but the lives they live will continue to be bland and uniform as they always have. Finally he does this because he knows what reading done for him how his life now because of it is what he wants not what he is told he can
The power of expectations” (180). Even as his father clarifies he is probably a “yucker” because he does not want to play, Junior convinces himself otherwise by saying,“ it didn’t matter one way or the other, I guess. We were just a good team” (181). Junior proves that he is drawn to the motivation and support he lacks on the reservation which are essential to help him through his insecurities and self-doubts and as a consequence forms this dual identity that reflect
Because he was more of a dreamer he decided to become a writer. His father did not understand Neil’s decision but supported him how he could. Mike started working with computers, which totally puzzled his father. Computer terminology
I read books late into the night, until I could barely keep my eyes open… I loved those books, but I also knew that love had only one purpose. I was trying to save my life.” Being like Sherman Alexie meant he was neither accepted as a smart non-Indian boy, nor was he accepted as a dumb Indian boy. He was lost in the shadows, to never be welcomed into either group. Which in his case was a good thing, there in the shadows he had even more time to gain intelligence, he could read and increase his likelihood of forcing open the cement door that stood in his way. He refused to fail because he was brilliant and willful.