A Superhero is not judged by the power he has,but only by the choices he makes. In the essay,”Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie, the author uses an extended metaphor to explain his relationship with the fictional character Superman. Alexie uses many things in his life to compare himself to Superman. Although Alexie may not be seen as a hero with actual superpowers, he demonstrates the qualities of a superhero in different ways. Alexie is seen as someone that almost resembles an alien in the eyes of his society. Most of Alexie’s comparisons with himself and Superman are figurative. Sherman Alexie and Superman have much more similar qualities than one might realize. Alexie gains an understanding of paragraphs and begins to see the world as paragraphs. He sees from a new perspective and is able to narrow down the …show more content…
Alexie does not break down literal, but figuratively and Superman breaks down a door literally in a comic excerpt. “In one panel,Superman breaks through a door”(Alexie 4). Alexie breaks through the figurative doors that society had placed on him. Breaking down the doors took determination which Alexie and Superman both possessed.”I refused to fail. I was smart. I was arrogant. I was lucky.’”(Alexie 7). Alexie broke down the oppressing doors that society had placed to hold them back. In the essay, “Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie, the author uses an extended metaphor to compare himself to the comic book superhero,Superman. The extended metaphor develops in a way that is similar to Alexie developing. Alexie does not have literal, “alien” qualities but, he demonstrates strange actions in the eyes of his society and peers, just like Superman. Alexie and Superman are both expected to fail and both end up triumphing over their conflicts. Both Superman and Alexie bypass all of the obstacles in their
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But he is an Indian boy living on the reservation and is simply an oddity.” Alexie is a smart Indian, making him a prodigy, and Superman has powers. Superman has powers that nobody knew about and they thought he was a regular
When I watch superhero movies, I only think of male superheroes, as there are many of them. But then again, there are Wonder Woman, Cat Woman and Black Widow, who are heroes and are also women. All of these heroes exhibit the attribute of independence and courage. Argument 1 The attribute of independence can identify both men and women who are heroes.
With all the recents super hero movie success in Hollywood, many have come to wonder why Superman movies have just never worked. They should right, Superman is the epitome of a superhero, he was the first, the most powerful, and the most righteous. But maybe being the most righteous superhero isn’t exactly a good thing. When people ask why a Superman movie doesn’t work, it’s not because he isn’t a good enough hero, the problem is exactly the opposite: Superman is the best hero, and he always wins, which is a problem. The days of good vs. bad, and black vs. white are over.
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Therefore, if I were to be a hero I want to be a combination like them, Superman and Wonder Woman. Superman has his priorities in order; he cares for others before himself. The well-being of others motivates him to make the world a better place. He acts with
In the text, “Superman and Me,”One main quote that explains everything you need to know about this article is when Sherman Alexie says, “I wasrefused to fail. I was smart. I was lucky.” Many people that have read this choose to believe that this quote is just an irritating repetition of how he felt about himself, however, closer examination shows that it actually develops his main claim and central idea, refines his claims, and shows the purpose of this text all in one quote. Alexie was a young, Indian boy who just wanted to know how to read in write in the aspiration of becoming emotionally closer to his father because he loved him so.
Alexie uses repetition, metaphors and imagery to convey these feelings and support the main idea. Alexie teaches himself to read by interpreting a Superman comic book. Although he cannot remember which exact comic book it was, the plot of the book, or the means by which he obtained the book, he does remember a specific panel that resonated to him (Alexie 582-583). Alexie writes about a panel where Superman is breaking a door down. “Because he is breaking down a door, I assume he says, “I am breaking down a door” (Alexie 584).
Superman has seen iterations from the pages of comic books to action figures to movies to t-shirts to everything. What they stand for, courage and fighting for what’s right, appeals to everyone and is easy to convey both artistically and commercially. Not to mention the forms of literature and art they appear in make it easy to spread through a society. Beautiful murals of Perseus or exciting action scenes of Superman make it easy to like them, and even makes the viewer want to be like them, full of bravery and righteousness. The historical context of both heroes’ creation in archaic times and pre WWII respectively, were both times when the societies faced a struggle, and having a hero to look up and stand behind, even if he was fictional, was welcomed.
Alexie, Sherman, “Superman and Me: The Joy of Reading and Writing.” Los Angeles Times, 19 April 1998. Sherman Alexie shared how his childhood of reading helped him become a better reader and a leader for others. He first read a Superman comic and then went on to bigger and better books. Alexie explains that in his Native American reservation it’s okay for children not to excel in school.
For many Americans a time when Superman and other masked heroes on our screens and in the local comic book store seems impossible. Today we see a new hero on the big screen almost every month, almost daily on our televisions and every time we step into a bookstore. But the modern superheroes that we all know and love are less than 100 years old. In the book Superman: The Unauthorized Biography by Glen Weldon, a self proclaimed comic book geek, the story of one of the earliest superheroes is laid out year by year. While Weldon goes all the way through 2013, we will be forcing on roughly the first half of Superman’s life.
Alexie used repetitive words to emphasize how Sherman Alexie and Superman have several characteristics. Superman can be seen in the second illustration standing triumphantly on a statue while braveness was shown on his face. Alexie believes that intelligence can save and change people's lives. He reads because he wants to save his life. He reads because he wants to save everybodys
Batman vs Superman For my compare and contrast paragraph I chose Batman vs Superman. Batman and Superman are alike in a lot of ways but there some differences. There are both alike because they are both super heroes, both from DC, and both are good at what they do. Batman in different from Superman is that Batman can’t fly and Superman can fly because his powers. Another thing is that Batman fights in Gotham the most crime ridden city.