Alexie analysis - Victoria Nickel Mrs McClain English Comp Told in first person Victor tells of his schooling on and off the reservation Life was very

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Victoria Nickel Mrs. McClain English Comp 8/30/19 Told in first person, Victor tells of his schooling on and off the reservation. Life was very hard for Victor clearly described through themes of discrimination, starvation, brotherbood, and resilience. Background on Victor and the time period explains the opportunities and resources he grew up with. Alexie used headings as opposed to transition words or phrases to put structure in the story and give breaks, like chapters, in between each grade. Including information on how he was raised is important in understanding why he wrote the works he did, and how he was limited in education and opportunities. Beginning the narrative with a timeline of policies made by the U.S. government is helpful to understand how limited resources and fundings were in Native
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Unformatted text preview: American schooling. Due to these regulations and policies, very few Natives were able to continue their education in college. Alexie describes incidents in each grade that were significant to him and gives readers only a glimpse into his life in school. The story about the young boy in second and third grade introduces the theme of racial/ religious discrimination. A significant theme in the story is the feeling of torment the young Native American boy faces; discrimination is prevelant as his teachers find ways to degrade and punish him without reason. Perseverance is noticeable with the boy, as he doesn’t let the harassment keep him away from an education. Victor remarks, “I’m still waiting” (21) implying that he is waiting for change and the torment to end, but it doesn’t....
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