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Marley Salevao Mr. Abrahamson AP Language Arts September 29 2018 Revised Version He Is Superman In the passage “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie, the author tells an inspiring story about the conflicts and obstacles of being an Indian boy: how the joy of reading did not always bring him joy, how his life was being guided by stereotypes, and how being an intelligent Indian boy signified him as an oddity. The purpose of this narrative is to break this chain of stereotypes that is being encouraged and enforced upon all Indians. The story about his journey to becoming what people believed he could not be and how he deals with it at such a young age. The author uses imagery to convey his point of view on how he saw his life and everyone who lived in it. “I didn’t have the vocabulary to say ‘paragraph’, but I realized that a paragraph was a fence that held words.” ( Paragraph 3). He uses this metaphor to explain to the reader that at a young age he was able to find structure in the word by visualizing everything in his life and translating them to paragraphs. He later states “They had some specific reason for being inside the same fence. This knowledge delighted me.” ( Paragraph 3). Alexie stated that the knowledge delighted him because as a young Indian boy who grew up in a reservation where he stood out, he finally understood that everything shared a common purpose: working together in a paragraph gave him hope. This sentence introduces the break through that Alexie has as an Indian boy beginning to learn how to read, it states, “I look at the narrative above the picture. I cannot read the words, but I assume it tells me that ‘Superman is breaking down the door.’.” ( Paragraph 4). It captures my
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