Superman and Me

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The story “Superman and Me” written by Sherman Alexie is about one of the most important parts of his life, teaching himself how to read, how he succeeded in school and why he became a writer.
Alexie began this story by describing who he was in childhood. He was an Indian boy living in Eastern Washington State. He had a brother and three sisters. His family was poor by most standards but despite that his parents were trying to find some minimum-wage job, which made them middleclass by reservation standards. His father was one of the few Indians who went to Catholic school. He used to buy a lot of books from secondhand store. A little boy remembered the piles of books were all over the house. He had been influenced by his father when he was a kid. Both, he and his father liked to read. The boy was picking up any of the father’s books and trying to read them but the words were completely foreign for him. He remembered the moment when he understood the purpose of the paragraph. The author is trying to explain us how he was relating books to everything. It was easier for him to understand the paragraph purpose. He was trying to see the world in paragraphs. He didn’t know what the word “paragraphs” meant but he imagined that it was a fence that held words. And then he was thinking that he could relate it to his life. Their reservation, house, family members reminded him separate paragraphs. Superman comics were his first encounter with reading. Alexie writes, “Because he is breaking down the door, I assume he says, “I am breaking the door”. Once again, I pretend to read the words and say aloud, “I am breaking down the door”, in this way, I learned how to read”. Though, he was only three when he first picked up a comic, he was able to imagine what Superman and other characters were saying by looking at the illustrations. And the each picture can tell us thousands of words. Reading is a tool everyone can use to succeed in life. Like it or not,

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