Alexie learned not only how to read but to love reading. He used his passion of reading to remove himself from the stereotype of being unintelligent Indian boy, push himself through the school system, and not to fail in life. His reservation looking at him like a trader. Reading books when he had the time too. *Non-Idians teacher they expect them to be dumb in class but smart outside of class.
In the story, he loved to read and he read everything that he possibly could find in his house such as: newspaper, the back of cereal boxes, and auto-repair manual, etc.., or even if they weren't a book. As a result, he grew up and became a famous writer. In the final sentence of the story, Sherman Alexie says, “I am trying to save our lives.”(2) This is a very powerful quote because he thought after he became a writer. He’ll teach creative writing at Indian schools and try to help the struggling children, but many of them got it, some didn't. Alexie did not give up on the children as they have already given up on themselves.
When he entered into kindergarten he was advanced at reading while his classmates were struggling with simple books. Indian kids are smart, they struggled basic reading in class but can remember a dozen of powwow songs. They used simple words, but they could remember all the complex stories and jokes of their tribe. The other kids in his class did not like that Alexie was smart and that he answered all the questions the teacher would ask. So he was constantly in fights.
Such as his Reservation he lived on was a paragraph to the United Sates. Or his family as an essay of paragraphs, and each family member being a paragraph. He taught himself how to read the text by looking at the pictures and dialogue and pretending to say aloud what he thinks the story might be saying. He learned quickly while many of his Indian classmates struggled to read basic words and vocabulary. "I refused to fail.
Gabriela Rivera Eng 101 Marino May 3, 2012 Cultural Intellectualism In the essay “Superman and Me”, Sherman Alexie writes of his education that “I read with equal parts joy and desperation. I loved those books, but I also knew that love had only one purpose. I was trying to save my life”(2). In other words Alexie feels that reading was his key to a better and more successful life. Reading is the foundation of Alexie’s strength to battle against a non- intellectual life.
I learned that I should try more prewriting strategies to find the one that will give me what it is that I need instead of staying focused on the one that is not working well for me. Next time I start to write I would think of things that I like do so I can write freely about those things. Writing Process My purpose for writing this essay was to be informative and that is where my problem came in. How can I be informative not using references or stating where I got my thoughts. My audience was society as a whole and I did fulfill my audience by addressing a subject that we deal with everyday and not realize how much of it is influenced in our everyday life.
It has been a misconception that reading a text book is the best way to learn a subject. Sure lots of knowledge can be gained by reading a text book but sometimes experimenting and implementing your own thoughts can speed up the learning process. “Einstein believed that even though you should be literate and educate yourself, you should still take time to experiment and have independent thought. He felt that only learning by what was in a book would lead to not having any new thoughts or ideas” (qtd. in WikiAnswers.com) I am a computer science major and have to deal with logical statements a lot.
He decides to continue reading. He comes to the conclusion that burning books is wrong. Montag observes the society he lives in and sees that the people aren’t living life right. He remembers Clarisse and wishes that more people were like her. Instead of continuing to live like he used to, Montag believes reading books will help them live life the way Clarisse did.
“The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie In “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me,” by Sherman Alexie, Alexie explains his path in life with education, and his reflection on the difficulty of being an Indian in today’s America. He explains how he learned to read, his intelligence as a young Indian boy, and life as an adult: teaching Indian kids. Growing up, Alexie had loving family who all lived on an Indian reserve. Both of his parents had minimum wage jobs, which made them middle class in the reserve. Alexie was a smart child and his inspiration to read was his father.
Courtney Marra ENG 100 RR # 3 September 24, 2013 Superman and Me In the article “Superman and Me”, Sherman Alexie talks about his struggles learning to read and how the Superman comics and his fathers love for books, helped him understand certain aspects of reading. He says that even though the words were foreign on the page, just looking at the words and spaces in the book, he could understand that paragraphs were fences that held words. He compared a paragraph to his family, saying that each family member existed as a paragraph, but still had the genetics and common experiences to link them. Using the Superman comics, even though he could not read the words right away, he got a main sense of what was going on in the plot and story based on the pictures and graphics. He states,” He has a red, blue and yellow suit.