Essay On Sherman Alexie

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A Native American novelist, screenwriter, film-producer, and poet, Sherman Alexie specializes in conveying a healthy and constructive message on coping with violence to his young-adult readers with violent scenes in his novels in his novels The True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Flight, and Reservation Blues. After presenting issues, Alexie shows his main characters’ transformation from weak to strong and from violent to calm. Without pomposity, Alexie often delivers a strong meaning of positive transformation through his novels.
Alexie grew up in Spokane Indian Reservation in Seattle, Washington (Moyer). Growing up as an impoverished and hydrocephalic Native American makes Alexie’s rebellious personality, which shows in his writings. For
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Zits almost dies during his cruel mission of burning a bank along with the people in there. Alexie intentionally makes Zits a victim of his actions to show his readers that violence results in excessive loss.
The book, Reservation Blues, narrates a story about the legendary blues singer Robert Johnson, who joins Indian reservation and meets with Thomas (Campbell). Johnson discovers potential in Thomas and leaves Thomas with a guitar for making blues. Along with his friends Victor and Junior, Thomas forms a rock band called “Coyote Springs” that later on becomes famous. However, many people Coyote Springs encounters outside the reservation do not have the band’s best interest in mind and intend to take advantage of their success. In the end Coyote Springs shatters and Junior commits suicide.
The final examples relating to violence from Reservation Blues compares Checkers’ domestic violence and Junior’s hopeless violence in contrast to Thomas’ non-violence. Alexie reveals in the novel the domestic violence that exists between parents and children on the reservation due to alcoholism. Checkers, a girl who later joins Coyote Springs, responds to anger with violence towards her alcoholic father. She even slaps and “wails” on her father when in anger (Reservation Blues

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