Research Paper Proposal American Indians

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John Schanks
Prof. Thorne
WRT 201-32
21 November 2011
Tentative Title: Native American Survival
Topic: The topic that will be of focus is the consistent stereotyping of Native Americans in Sherman Alexie’s, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Learning Objective: The focus of the topic is to understand how so much stereotyping occurs and what it signifies towards the Native American community and the narrator. Tentative thesis: Throughout the short story, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, the narrator uses humor as a defense mechanism from the experiences of stereotypes from the American culture in order to save the Native American culture and ultimately comes to realize that it is something that will never change because of the lost identity that Native Americans receive from the American culture due to history. Proposal: This research paper will discuss how the narrator, who is Native American, of the story deals with the stereotypes from people of society. It is a main issue throughout the story but the narrator has ways to quiet down his true emotions about it. How the narrator deals with the stereotyping is not something that the reader would really catch onto because of the slick reactions the narrator has. It will shed light on what the narrator truly feels towards all of the stereotyping and it will show why.

Not only will the research paper explain how the narrator reacts and deals with all the stereotyping but it will show how and why the people in the short story actually do stereotype. American History is what will be presented in order to prove why people stereotype or feel the way they do towards Native Americans. The history will show how people today still feel the same way because of what they do and how they judge Native Americans. Although it is wrong to stereotype Native Americans people still do it because of what has happened in America’s history. An online source about the Indian Removal...
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