Touching Spirit Bear Reflection Paragraph The biggest affect of the book “Touching Spirit Bear” for me was when he actually cared for someone besides himself, or changed. One of the things that he did was cared for the baby sparrows when he saw them in the nest, and when he saw them dead, I think he changed then. Another thing that he did was when he wanted help Peter get better and not try to commit suicide. I loved that he changed and made everything better between Peter and him at the end. When he changed, it made me enjoy the book, because at first I disliked it.
Sherman Alexie and I both have two difference-makers in our lives that have and will continue to make a difference in our lives. In “Superman and Me”, Sherman Alexie’s difference makers were books and his father. For example, Sherman said, “My father loved books, and since I loved my father with an aching devotion, I decided to love books as well”. What Sherman meant here was that he decided to like books because like most children, they enjoy or want to enjoy what their parents have interests in. He liked that his father, unlike many other people he knew, had a passion for something that other people did not.
Cathey’s “My own little secret” story, which effectively makes an appeal to pathos that creates a sympathetic image to readers. Wolverton explains that Mr. Cathey didn’t read at his appropriate level and that he was reading books that were at a “First Grade, Level 1, Ages 6-7.” Also, having to read quietly so that none of his teammates wouldn’t hear him reading aloud (Wolverton, 117). Wolverton goal was to make the readers have some type of sympathy for Mr. Cathey. This strategy of using pathos helps Wolverton to persuade and entertain his readers and also helps to strengthen his argument at the end. In the article there was a rhetorical question Mr. Joseph Luckey, the University of Memphis’s director of athletic academic services, wondered how many of those students to let in.
The substantial evolving of his style occurred throughout his career due to his different experiences and life situations. The miserable suffering Kipling experiences from his foster family and military school becomes his greatest attribute to his career’s success; he consoles himself by reading which first introduces him to literature. Ira Mark Milne explains in his Short Stories for Students that this bullying allowed him to “[...] form the values preached in ‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’: courage, loyalty, and an ethic of hard work” (Milne 257). Kipling attends school while living as a member of a foster family because his birth family lives in India and want him to receive the education he deserves. He eventually acquires the opportunity to return to his family and he begins to pursue his dream and nurture his passion for writing.
In The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me, Sherman Alexie shares with his audience his story of when he learned to read at a young age through a Superman comic book. Through stories and memories of his childhood he explains how Indian children on reservations were expected not to try in school and fail in the non-Indian world. In order to successfully portray his ideas, Alexie uses many rhetorical techniques and ideas. By using these techniques the audience is forced to look more into the writing instead of just being giving the direct meaning of what Alexie is trying to share.
Sherman Alexie is a Native American who grew up poor but smart. At a young age he taught himself how to read simple comic books. As he grew older, so did his intelligence and love for books. He was aware of the stereotypes against his race which pushed him to work harder to be knowledgeable and literate. He eventually became a writer and reaches out to young Indian children who are at risk because of their race.
The Joy of Reading and Writing Superman and Me, by Sherman Alexie tells a personal story of his experience as an Indian in Spokane Indian Reservation. Sherman grew up with his father who loved books, that’s were Sherman’s passion for books began. As an Indian Sherman was expected to be “stupid and to fail in life,” no more than that. Sherman knew he wanted to succeed in life, Sherman “refused to fail.” Sherman’s message to society became clear, with education comes knowledge without it we are bound to fail in life. In The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me, expresses joy and desperation to succeed in life.
They all express that tradition can be changed for the better and sometimes following traditions isn’t what is best in society. Superman and Me talks about his life as a poor Indian boy who loves to read. He grew up in an Indian reservation and many of the people there are uneducated and or don’t know how to read. Many of the kids there didn’t know how to read and many of the adults were so focused on taking care of their families by working that they overlooked the value of education. Those adults looked at him funny because he enjoyed reading so much.
The novel Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, By Sherman Alexie it show how Indians or African Americans struggle with who they are and who they want to be. Arnold learns how to live through and with his struggles because of how his friends accepted and helped him. In this book Alexie shows how all of Arnold’s friends helped him through different aspects in life. If he didn’t have those friends than his life would have been so much harder. When Arnold was going to school at Wellpinit Roger was the one that Arnold counted on to help him the most for protection and motivation; showing the importance of friendship.
Now the final main point is why he wrote his books the why he did. Well when he was a truck driver he would spend time reading to children at the blind school. But he did not like the way children’s literature was like, he thought it needed more so he wrote the stories. In his books he has a very descriptive
2) Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pies by Jordan Sonnelblick is a unique, heart melting, and a humorous book. At first I thought this book would be about an average boy and his “struggles”, but the more I read I discovered a heartwarming story with unique characters that’s well written. The story is about a boy that has a younger brother with cancer, while his parents are busy working or taking care of their younger brother they fail to see the problems and daily challenges that the older brother is facing. The story’s has unique characters that bring life to the story. For example, Steven is the protagonist, his jokes can cheer anybody up, and he’s well known as Pes (a nickname his friends gave him, short for Peasant), and he even shaved his
With descriptions of their mundane school grounds, unsightly home lives, and the rough and tough appearance of the boys, Joshua Davis paints vivid portraits of the main characters of his novel. While thumbing through the novel, I could feel the fear associated with the constant threat of deportation, and the anxiety of wondering if their families were going to be there when they returned home. When it was revealed that the boys had succeeded in winning the competition, I felt a physical wave of happiness and relief wash over me. This kind imagery and ability to translate emotion is essential in telling a story such as this, because a person truly needs to be able to place themselves in the shoes of those boys to be able to fully appreciate