Follower of My Passion
My relationship with the Dodgers is more serious than most other relationships in my life. In Sherman Alexie’s essay “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me,” where he explains that whenever he has a setback in life, he refers back to his love of reading books, in the same way, I rely on my passion for the Dodgers. Alexie, who grew up on the Spoken Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington, illustrates his life as an Indian boy and how his love towards reading helped him succeed in his life. Alexie’s passion for reading became one of the most influential aspects of his life just as Dodgers baseball has become in mine. The same determination, strength, life lessons, morals and values that Alexie claim’s to have gained from reading, are ones I have personally gained from my experience as a Dodger fan.
In Alexie’s story he explains how his passion for books defined him as a person, while at the same time at the same time lead to his defiance of the norm. Alexie states, “ A smart Indian is a dangerous person, widely feared and ridiculed by Indians and non-Indians alike”(29). According to the authors experience his people aren’t seen as intelligent as non-Indians, but rather they are “expected to be stupid”(29) because they are viewed as inferior. Most Indian children accepted and followed their predetermined rolls as Indian children who “could remember how to sing a few dozen powwow songs”(29), yet “struggled with basic reading in school”(29). Alexie wanted to be unique and he Banuelos 2
accomplished that through reading. Even when he was looked down upon for excelling past the expected norm he continued to indulge in his passion for reading. Alexie learned to read through the Superman comic which was the stepping stone to him finding audying hunger to defy standards and become a successful writer: “I refused to fail. I was smart. I was arrogant. I was...
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