The purpose for Alexie’s overuse of “I” and primary use of “cannot” statements add to his intense tone of self-doubt and distance. This begins the article with a very clear, intimate view of Alexie’s personal view on living as a young boy on the reservation. In front of non-Native American school teachers the other children “struggled with basic reading” but outside they could “remember a few dozen powwow songs.” He uses two polar opposites in a singular sentence in one paragraph repeatedly in the middle of the article. This helps Alexie to show the extreme contrast between what young Native Americans are expected to know in front of non-Native American. Alexie continues this method throughout this entire paragraph.
It also addresses the challenge post structuralism poses to the study of history. Post structuralism is a critical theory that denies any truth can be directly understood and stated clearly. Tompkins speculates, and I agree, that Indians’ perceptions of events differed so radically from those of European settlers’ that “conflict was inevitable”. That statement explains why this is such an ongoing debate. The second article I read was written by a Native American named, Sherman Alexie.
Tim Burton The quiet, non sociable, shy, unhappy, weird, million dollar director Tim Burton. Good morning teacher and students. It is incredible how Tim Burton became such a success with a background like his. As a child growing up he was a quiet, unsocial boy, who never did well at school and would come home to sit in his wardrobe to draw, what his teachers described as “weird, gothic sketches”. His teachers would say he would go nowhere in life, his parents would fight continuously and he found it very difficult to make friends.
Mike only came into this school because of his size, he was very big, and the school coach wanted him. Mike couldn’t live in the black man’s house anymore because they couldn’t afford to have him there anymore, so know he is homeless. Mike wasn’t the cleverest kid in the world, he didn’t say anything in the lessons so the teachers couldn’t give him grades, but then a teacher found something he has written, and then the teachers tried other methods to teach him and it worked. One day, at a school volleyball challenge, Mike was sitting and waiting for people to leave, so he could eat the popcorn left over’s. Then a
I thought he is the youngest so I let him play first. A few moments later when I wasn’t looking, the younger boy’s back was punched by the older boy. I think/feel: • I did not have time to patiently listen to their story as I was rushing to my next lesson. • I did not look for witnesses or think carefully of the consequence of my judgement and thoughtlessly judged that the younger boy was innocent because of his age and his tears. • I felt very sorry for both of the children although the older one made an inappropriate act of revenge.
I really hate school. And by hate, I mean that I experience rageful, disgusting, negative emotions when I think about it. The institutions I have attended, from elementary school up through the community college I am currently attending, have failed me in every way possible. It's no secret that I'm smart, no genius mind you, but I'm certainly towards the upper end of the bell curve. I have been incredibly bored by school since day one.
So, You Think Your Life Sucks? “My life sucks!” A certain student in our English class (he sits right behind me) cries after he realizes I achieved a higher grade on a paper than he did. This student, he who shall not be named, was extremely upset about this rather unfortunate incident and he truly believed his life was terrible due to this one instance. Now, we all know that he has no chance of rising up to my level of awesomeness and that is nothing of which to be ashamed. However, this particular student still felt that his life was horrible because of this.
He liked basketball but never had a chance to play with his friends in school because of homework. He even didn’t have time to eat lunch because he had a 40-minute class on 12am and another 40-minute class on 1pm. After he told me what he experienced in high school, I knew the reason why he was very thin and looked like unhealthy. He also told me that a lot of student could not handle their schoolwork and they were under much pressure. One girl in his high school even wanted to suicide.
Even when it is decided that he did not really mean what he said he runs into a lot of students at school who now hate him, especially after his family decides to sue the school. His "friends" were the ones who goaded him on and now they abandon him. Ugly Girl is sort of a punk-type girl, studs in her ears, tall, big (but not fat), and very, very independent. She calls herself Ugly Girl, though, it is not the other students that are doing that. She will stand up to anyone and anything, warrior-women Ugly Girl, as she puts it.
He doesn’t tell them about his real condition of the illness. At the same time, there is a deep distress in his young heart not only coming from the disease but also from not being accepted by people around him. Bobo’s life has a completely change when he enters the eighth grade. After knowing his disease, the school principle decides to let him tell others about the Tourette syndrome in the meeting hall. At first, Bobo is so anxious that he can’t speak one word.