Alexie Sherman Ca Draft

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06/08/2014

Breaking down the doors.

Can we control our own destiny? According to Sherman Alexie we can. Alexie is an American writer, he was born to a poor family on an Indian reservation. He is the author of “Superman and Me” which was published on April 19th, 1998. It is a narration of how he taught himself to read at a young age. His story explains how he refused to accept his destiny as a “dumb Indian”.
Alexie’s narration is full of vivid metaphors and personal examples. He recalls the first time that he broke through a boundary. He was looking through his superman comic. He could not read the words, so he made up what he thought they were saying. “Superman is breaking down the door.” “Once again, I pretend to read the words and say aloud, “I am breaking down the door.” In this way, I learned to read.” (64) He retells this memory with pride, after all he was only three years old. Once he learned how to read he could not get enough. His father would go to pawn shops and second hand stores for books, Alexie would read them all. Even the car manuals.
Alexie’s tone at the beginning was excitement. However, when he gets to the unpleasant part of his story he refers to himself in third person. “He grows into the man who often speaks of his childhood in the third person, as if it will somehow dull the pain and make him sound more modest about his talents.” (64)He is referring to the dumb Indian stereotype. Alexie gives the readers personal examples of how his fellow Indians chose to live up to that expectation. In class they refused to raise their hands and answer the non-Indian teacher. Outside of school the same exact children had memorized long and complex songs and stories. He claimed that since he was an Indian child he was expected to fail. He refused to fail.
Alexie uses repetition in this story to get his point across. He talks…...

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