Zitkala Sa And Sherman Alexie And Sa Summary

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As the wild west opened, so did new opportunities for American to strike it rich. But with the wild west opening up for the Americans, Indian lands were being encroached for railroads and homesteads. Indians were being pushed into reservations, their children sent to assimilation schools such AS the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. In the horrors of American assimilation targeted at young Native American children, many children would face struggle of losing their identity or face punishment of resisting assimilation. In the assimilation stories of Zitkala Sa and Sherman Alexie, tells the tale of their childhood experience being integrated into “American culture”. Alexie and Sa describe their own experience through the school system set up to assimilate Native American children. Although Sa and Alexie both have incredible attention to detail as well as come from similar roots of Indian descendant, they diverge through Alexie’s satirical language and Sa’s somber tone. I have noted that Alexie’s satirical language really combats Sa’s somber speech in that controlling what the reader is feeling. Both of the author’s language really shows the stark difference where their purpose drives the piece into different emotional appeals. Alexie satirical nature resembles his way to make light of his situation, through his way of viewing his teacher “ For Halloween I drew a picture of her riding a broom with a scrawny cat on the back” (Alexie Second Grade). As well as “Always

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