English 102: Writing ll
Mrs. Bobbi Buchanan
18 July 2011
The Inspiring Sherman Alexie
In the essay “Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie illustrates the unstoppable ambition and courage of a young Indian boy who beats the odds by rising out of a life of poverty and oppression and helping others do the same. He was a very intelligent child who loved to read. He wanted to be like his father, who was an avid reader. He loved his father with an aching devotion, so he decided to love books like his father. He was determined to teach himself how to read, to make a better life for himself. Alexie seemed to be a very driven man who knew exactly what he wanted, and was willing to do whatever it took to achieve his goals. He would say “I am smart. I am arrogant. I am lucky. I want to save my life (210).” He didn’t want to work odd jobs to live; he wanted something better for himself. He didn’t want to be like his parents, who barely got by working odd jobs around the reservation. Alexie would pick up his father’s books before he was able to read. He didn’t know the words but that didn’t stop him. Alexie remembers when he learned to understand the clarity of a paragraph. He couldn’t say paragraph but he knew what a paragraph was. He called a “fence that held words (208).” He started to relate everything to a paragraph. I found this quote interesting because it showed him as a simple man, despite his accomplishments. This made him more relatable to me. As he began to understand everything in a paragraph, he picked up a Superman comic book. He still couldn’t read but he understood what the pictures meant. He was only three years old. This stood out to me because at three years old, my mind was on playing, not reading. When he saw a picture of Superman going through a door, he would say “Superman goes through the door (209).”He looked at it as teaching himself how to read. He eventually taught himself how to read. As he began to read, the books he read got...
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