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1 Yan Xueying Yan Amy Leonard LART 211 De Anza College 6/6/15 Final Draft of Essay #4 Ugly Stereotypes Have you ever being judged by others just because of your color or race? People tend to look at the others around them and assume that they possess negative stereotypes just base on their looks. Sometimes these people do possess such negative qualities but they also overlook how we got them. In the novel, Flight , author Sherman Alexie tells the story of how Zits, a naughty foster kid of Native American descent, has a vision of dying and reawakening to experience situations from the bodies of other people in order to gain understanding from others. With the character Zits being Native American himself, there are many noticeable stereotypes related to Zits himself as well as the people he becomes in his mystical visions. Some of the stereotypes throughout the narrative are obviously negative such as the portrayals of Native Americans being delinquent drunks, Muslims being terrorists, and white people being racists. However, some characters actually contradict and disprove the blatant stereotypes in the narrative. With this in mind, Sherman Alexie uses so many extreme stereotypes in Flight as a social critique because he wants to use the characters as examples to show that not everyone in a group brings out the worst in people that are relevant to Zits’s own hard life.
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2 Yan While stereotypes of white people being racist are included early in the book, Sherman Alexie also uses the story of Small Saint to show that this stereotype was not always true in history. The stereotype being represented here is white Americans showing no regard for humanity against the Native American race. In this part of the story, Zits becomes part of an army that is about to go on massacre Native Americans in an act driven by racial hatred toward them. However, this stereotype is also challenged during the massacre when Zits sees a soldier
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  • Spring '15
  • Amy Lenard
  • English, Sherman Alexie, Ethnic stereotype, zits

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