Sherman Alexie 's The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight Essay

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Sherman Alexie
Sherman Alexie is an influential Native American writer from Spokane, Washington. He is best known for his novel The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. He was born with a severe medical condition and was never expected to amount to anything. He has written novels, short stories, poems, and even a screenplay, all heavily influenced by Native American culture and reservation life. He has gone on to achieve much in his career and still remains relevant today. He doesn’t approve of the traditional Native American stereotype portrayed by the media and attempts to change that view with his writings. Thesis
Sherman Joseph Alexie Jr. was born on October 7, 1966 on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington (Kuiper 1). His parents are Lillian Agnes and Sherman Alexie Sr. Alexie had a particularly tough childhood with an alcoholic father and facing many medical issues ("Sherman Alexie Biography"). He was born with a condition called Hydrocephalus, which means he had a buildup of fluid surrounding his brain. He underwent neurosurgery at only six months of age and was not expected to survive ("Sherman Alexie"). Although alive, the condition plagued his childhood, causing him to have seizures and not being able to be active. Since he wasn’t able to play sports or games with the other children on the reservation he spent much of his time reading (Kuiper 1). His illness did not affect his learning abilities and he was able to read by the age of three.…

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