Burton 1Jarrell Burton Professor Horne ENGL 11111 December 2017Superman and Me Rhetorical AnalysisIn the story, "Superman and Me" was published in the Los Angeles Times in 1998, authorSherman Alexie writes about his life as an Indian youth. The author Alexie goes into detail on how he learned to read at a young age, despite growing up in an environment where he was expected to fail. Though Alexie had limited resources in his Native American reservation, his father was an excellent reader allowing him to venture into the world of language, signifying thata child's surrounding is crucial for the child's language acquisition. The piece was fascinating andintriguing, his use of comparison to the lifestyle of living on a reservation in Eastern Washington State. Having three sisters and one brother his family members was conveyed smoothly to the reader. His piece is very straightforward and reader-friendly. The author is trying to give a glimpse of hope to many and inspire them not to give up and pursue their goals. In the first paragraph, Alexie tells the story of how he learned to read using a Superman comic book. He did not have the same educational resources as the more privileged children and had to take an unconventional path in learning to read – which turned out to be beneficial as he was able to visualize his world differently. While Alexie was lucky in the sense that his father surrounded him with books, he lived in a Non-Indian culture. Alexie’s father played the most critical part in getting him jump-started into reading his father being one of the few Indian boys
Burton 2at a Catholic school reading such books of spy thrillers, all the way to biography literature. By his father being an avid reader this expanded Alexie’s interests in novels. As told in Paragraph 6, his intelligence had been ridiculed, and the stigma of being stupid was accepted. However, Alexie refused to subdue to these expectations, and his determination brought him success. This theme of commitment continues throughout the story and pushing more into as Alexie transitionsinto becoming an adult.