English 101 Summary
July 10, 2013
Summary of “Superman and Me”
Sherman Alexie is a Native American from the Spokane Reservation. He is the author of “Superman and Me.” An essay about how he taught himself to read at an early age and how he advanced very quickly. Alexie learned to read with a Superman comic book. Before he knew how to read he would look at the narrative above the picture and he would pretend to read the words aloud. He would say aloud,” Superman is breaking down the door.“ Alexie learned quickly. While his classmates were reading “Dick and Jane“ Alexie was reading “Grapes of Wrath.” Stereotypically, Indian children were supposed to fail in the classroom. Alexie was one of the few to not live up to those expectations. Alexie did anything but fail. The essay states, “As Indian children, [they] were expected to fail in the non-Indian world.” Alexie told himself, “I refuse to fail. I am smart. I am arrogant. I am lucky.“ Alexie read anything that had words and paragraphs. He read everything everywhere he went. His father bought hundreds of books, Alexie read them all. “If he’d been anything but an Indian boy living on the reservation he might have been called a prodigy.” These were the words Alexie used in his story. In Alexie’s adult life he became a writer and now visits schools and teaches creative writing to the Indian children. Alexie is the author of hundreds of poems, stories, and articles now. Most of the children read his stories and write their own, He is trying to save the Indian children’s lives.
Alexie, Sherman. “Superman and Me.” Viewpoints, Seventh Edition. W. Royce Adams, Editor, Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2010. 83-85. Print.
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