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Sherman Alexie

In his book of short stories, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, author Sherman Alexie explores the theme of Native Americans as outsiders and outcasts. Throughout many of his stories, Alexie’s uses the motifs, imagery and figurative language to underscore the theme. Three of these stories are “Every Little Hurricane”, “A Drug Called…

Sherman Alexie

According my researching from Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, Academic Search Complete, and Superman and Me in class, I found out biographical information on Sherman Alexie. The reason I searched about Sherman Alexie because I wanted to know about how he had been through his life and become a successful American poet. He also writes essays and…

Sherman Alexie’s Superman and me

Sherman Alexie’s “Superman and Me” Sherman Alexie’s “Superman and Me” (pg. 27) is in the genre of auto-biography. The main ideas of this story are Sherman Alexie’s experience of learning to read, the power of words, Sherman Alexie’s experience overcoming diversity and his path to success. The story begins with him teaching himself to read using a…



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Sherman Alexie novel: “The Lone ranger”

Sherman Alexie’s novel The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven depicts how reservation Indian’s survive their hardships that mainstream society has put on them, with the use of emotion and imagination. Survival for Alexie’s Indians is, “not to slow dance with [their] skeletons (21).” The reservation skeletons are the anger of the past and…

Sherman Alexie’s “On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City”

It does not seem hard to understand the basic theme that is present in “On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City” by Sherman Alexie. Many Native Americans today are forced to assimilate into the American culture leaving behind their traditions and values in order to be successful in America. If they do not…

Sherman Alexie

At any given time in life, we can be described as belonging to any number of categories or tribes based on the roles we value and the areas where we focus the most attention. A few of my personal tribes include: the tribe of creative expressionists, the tribe of college students, and lastly, the tribe…

Reservation Blues

Sherman Alexie, author of the novel Reservation Blues, explains that at the start of an Indian’s life on a reservation, he or she is destined to be hopeless. First, parental guidance is infrequent leaving many infant Indians with an insufficient childhood. After that, Indian children experience poor education revolved around heaps of stereotyping and bullying…

Sherman Alexie’s “What you Pawn, I Will Redeem”

Sherman Alexie’s “What you Pawn, I Will Redeem” appears on the surface to be a simply written story of a homeless, alcoholic Indian in Seattle who is trying to earn enough money to reclaim his grandmothers Pow Wow regalia from a local pawn shop. But upon looking closely, there are many symbolic passages that my…

he Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Identity shows a person’s individuality. A person’s individuality can include how they dress, their beliefs, their personality traits, the way they speak, their culture, their education, etc. In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and in my own life, it is evident that when exploring identity, a character must leave…

“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie

This book, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie, is about a boy called Arnold Spirit aka Junior. He is a Native American that lives in an Indian Reservation. He isn’t really satisfied with his life, since he’s pretty poor, but he gets along. He doesn’t really accept himself, since…

Challenges of the Native American

Native American culture is in its downfall, due to the discrimination and dehumanization that Native Americans have faced. Native American culture revolves around a circle. They believe the most important aspects of life such as nature is based on circles. The repetition of life and death, their own families, and even the food chain are…

Sherman Alexie’s “Do You Know Where I Am”

Sherman Alexie’s short fictional story, “Do You Know Where I Am,” begins with a Native American narrator named David, and he tracks his relationship with his wife, Sharon, until her untimely death at the end. All was peachy with this couple until they happened to stumble upon a black cat that an elderly couple had…

Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie

In the earlier society, not much notice was being out to the American Indians. When they were subdued and put under reservation efforts, not much attention was given to them by the people. They never really needed the attention, since even before; it is known that they could provide for themselves well enough. But with…

Analyzing Sherman Alexie’s “Superman and me”

Can reading save a man’s way of life? Can reading save an entire culture? Sherman Alexie, an Indian creative writer writes an essay of which he acquaints us of his means in learning how to read, that is, through a Superman comic book. The essay was written in an alternating first person and third person…

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