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The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian

critically acclaimed, winning a National Book Award. In the novel, we get into the life of a fourteen-year-old Native American named Arnold Spirit, also called Junior. He lives with his alcoholic mother and father and a depressed sister on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Willpinit. Junior is, besides being a teenager struggling with the usual teenage-problems, a hydrocephalic. This makes him stutter and lisp and regularly get seizures, something that makes him the outcast of the reservation...

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Superman & Me

about how Superman comic book became a key part of how he learned how to read. He also talks about his childhood in third person which indicates his suffering in life and by doing so, he things that it might reduce his pain. Sherman Alexie grew up on Spokane Indian Reservation in eastern Washington. As other families in reservation, his family was also poor and “lived on a combination of irregular paychecks, hopes, fear, and government surplus food.” However, his father was one of few Native Americans...

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Sherman Alexie: Superman and Me

just so he could read. Alexie quickly adapted to what his father was doing and eventually started reading as well. “My father loved books, and since I loved my father with an aching devotion, I decided to love books as well.” Growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in eastern Washington State, Sherman felt as though the fellow Indians there where lazy didn’t have the ambition or motivation to be more than what the rest of society saw them as. Having one older brother, a deceased sister, two...

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Superman and Me and Daughter of Invention

#20 Journal Writing #1 In the short story, Superman and Me, the author Sherman Alexie writes, “I loved those books, but I also knew that love had only one purpose. I was trying to save my life” (Alexie 6). As a young Indian boy living on the Spokane Indian Reservation, Alexie is “expected to be stupid” (Alexie 5). However, as he strives in school through reading, the other Indian children shun him. Alexie knew from a young age that he would not be on the reservation for all of his life. “I refused...

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Superman and Me

expressed his unsatisfied to discrimination of the society by showing his passion of obtaining knowledge from books.       The author wanted the audience to understand his view of equality by telling his life story. He’s a Indian who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in eastern Washington State to a middle-class family that consisted of a mother, father, older brother and three sisters. He organizes his essay in a chronological structure. His father was trying to make the family live better...

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teenager, Arnold “Junior” Spirit, during his first year in high school. Using humor to soften the sometimes difficult and emotional story, Alexie creates a loveable, misfit protagonist whom readers cannot help but root for. Junior lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation, where he discovers that alcohol is more important to most residents than an education is. Junior decides to transfer from his reservation school to Reardan High, a white school that is more than twenty miles away. Once he arrives...

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part 1

the geekiest Indian on the Spokane Reservation. He wears chunky, lopsided glasses. His head and body look like Sputnik on a toothpick. When he doesn’t stutter, he lisps. Arnold is a 14-year-old high school freshman. When he goes outside he gets teased and beaten, so he spends a lot of time in his room drawing cartoons. “I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods,” he says, “and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.” To say that life is hard on the Spokane rez doesn’t begin to touch...

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sympathy for him because they were both an inspiration to him. When he spoke to his grandmother, she gave him advice and his sister was just an overall inspiration for him to also follow his dreams. After that he starts to realize that, “I was a Spokane Indian. I belonged to that tribe. But I also belonged to the tribe of American immigrants. And to the tribe of basketball players. And to the tribe of bookworms. And to the tribe of cartoonists. And to the tribe of chronic masturbators. And the tribe...

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Reservation Blues

Eliza High Allison Moore Junior English 25 Sept. 2014 The Native American Experience Life on the Spokane Indian Reservation is filled with shattered dreams and lost Indian souls drowning the sorrows of their people in alcohol. Reservation Blues, a novel by Sherman Alexie, depicts the story of an unlikely group of Indians coming together to chase their dreams with the help of a magic guitar, Big Mom, and their Indian blood as they struggle with the realities of being Indian in a white world...

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Sherman Alexie's Flight Patterns

Alexie uses fiction elements such as characters, plot, and tone to communicate the idea that due to racism Americans often misjudge others, rather than basing their judgments on character. The main character, William, is a healthy, ritualistic Spokane Indian living in Seattle, Washington who knows a wide variety of American trivia.  He has a loving wife and daughter along with a good sense of humor.  He is a businessman that loves his job, but hates to leave his family, travels often but has a...

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