Superman and Me
In this essay, “Superman and Me,” Sherman Alexie explains his life as a poor Indian boy who inherited the passion to read from his father and how the typical “stupid” Indian kid became very successful by teaching himself to read. All of his accomplishments back up his thesis, when he states, “I refused to fail. I was smart. I was arrogant. I was lucky.” The main highlighted purpose I observed in this story was the use of expression as well as comparison and contrast and a second pattern of illustration to describe how he became such a great writer in his life.
Throughout the story, I found the author uses the expressive purpose when he reveals himself as a low class trying to survive when he says, “We were poor by most standards.” He then goes on giving a second example of expressive purpose when he clearly shares the same interest as his father by saying, “My father loved books, and since I loved my father with an aching devotion, I decided to love books as well.” These two examples are very clear to me that Alexie is expressing his feelings as well as revealing himself to the reader by describing his economic status as a child, as well as his emotions of loving his father and books.
On the other hand, Alexie main pattern of the story is comparison-contrast. This pattern is highlighted when he is comparing himself to his peers. He mentions how the other Indian kids struggle with basic reading in school, while he was reading newspaper, bulletins, junk mail and anything he could possibly read. As he became a writer and visited schools to teach other Indian kids to become like him he then says, “there are the sullen and already defeated Indian kids who sit in the back rows and ignore me with theatrical precision.” The use of comparison and contrast supports his statement that not all Indian kids are “stupid” and are expected to fail in life Alexie’s story also uses the illustration pattern .
Through his great combination of expessive...