Superman and Me Pronouns
In the autobiography “Superman and Me,” Alexie uses an interesting strategy to show how his position has changed in the society as a “smart,” “arrogant,” and “lucky” Indian. He uses the strategy of shifting pronouns to show that he was an outlier, very different from the rest of his peers, and able to “save his life” through hard work. This strategy helps the reader to view his position and role in the society through different perspectives. He sometimes uses the pronoun “I” and sometimes talks about himself in the third-person; he also uses “they” to describe the rest of the society and “we” to write about his family. In the autobiography “Superman and Me,” Sherman Alexie writes about how he became successful in a society where success is very uncommon and unreachable. He uses the strategy of shifting pronouns to write about the change of his role and position in the Indian society and saving his life.
Alexie uses the pronoun “I” to describe his personal experiences, his love for books as a child, how learned to read them, and his position in the society as an adult. In paragraphs one, two, three, and four, he uses the first-person pronoun to write about his personal life and his childhood. He writes about his own experiences on reading and writing and gives his audience some background information about himself. He introduces himself to his audience by using the first person pronoun because it would connect them to him and create a friendly mood. He writes about his first experience with books and his discovery of paragraph as a child in first person pronouns to describe his personal feelings and emotions for books and how his was “delighted” with his discovery of paragraphs. The usage of first person pronoun in paragraph three helps the readers to sense and feel his excitements for books and knowledge and his true love of them. At the end of paragraph three, he says: “I can see my changed family as an essay of seven paragraphs:...
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