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    As we grow into adulthood our primary goal in life is to build an education. To figure out what career we want to pursue. The texts by Sherman Alexie, Mike Rose, and Richard Rodriguez have all discussed how their background has influenced their education and upbringing to adulthood. “Blue-Collar Brilliance” by Mike Rose highlights how society determines the intelligence of workers based on their job or career. In Richard Rodriguez’s “Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood,” his education and…

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    "People fear what they don't understand and hate what they can't conquer." -Andrew Smith This quote is supported by the experiences of Bernard Cooper and Sherman Alexie. Both authors belong to historically marginalized groups, Cooper because of his sexuality, and Alexie because of his race. However, they each had different methods of handling this marginalization. Cooper hid his differences from the world. He is confronted by both his classmate and his mother about the his sexual identity. Both…

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    A Part-Time Indian

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    The book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, is about a boy named Junior. He is a Native American that lives in an Indian reservation. Junior does not live the happiest life, in fact Junior is poor, however, his family and him gets along with what they do have. Junior does not really accept himself because he struggles with several medical issues, and he’s been beaten up by others his whole life. However, things start to look up for him when he transfers to an…

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    Blossoming Lives Sprouted From Friends, Family, and Fights In the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie one realises humans all need other people to help one change and grow; the characters Arnold and Roger demonstrate this by helping each other alter negative parts of themselves. Initially, Arnold is a hopeless, trapped in a perpetual stream of despair, demoralisation, and defeatedness. In a final attempt to escape the suffocating hold his society has on in him…

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    It can be said that everyone, at some point in their life, has wondered if they are alone. They question their ability to stand up for what they believe in and if their weaknesses will cause their downfall. There is a simple and comforting way, however, that the downfall can be avoided. Reading is a relaxing pastime that many people today do not acknowledge. On the other hand, once recognized, reading can bring comfort to an audience and bring a new awareness of morals and strength of self.…

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    Sometimes we need to take uncomfortable risks if we wish to change our lives. Even though these decisions at the moment might frighten us we need to make them in order to see hope farther down the road. In Sherman Alexie book Diary of a Part Time Indian Arnold Spirit is a 12-year old boy is a reservation indian who leaves his tribe to pursue a better education at Reardan, which is a all white school. Arnold makes tough decisions that contradict the expectations of his tribe ,because he…

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    Alexie vs Douglass Growing up, kids are given opportunities to gain knowledge when they hit a certain age to go to school. Going to school to get an education is something most, if not all parents want for their child. Every parent wants the best for their child in any way possible, to be accepted for who they are and to learn to the best of their ability like every kid their age. However, in this day and time there are many families with children that are not as privileged…

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    Sherman Alexie in his essay, ‘Superman and Me,’’ argues about the stereotypes on the American Indian population which describes them as non-intelligent. The essay also describes how Alexie overcame these boundaries by seeking to learn. Sherman Alexie proved that not conforming and following his ambition to learn set him apart from the others. Alexie developed into a role model for those who seek to gain knowledge and go far. Throughout Alexie’s life there’s a stereotype of American Indians seen…

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    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is about an Indian, Junior, who lives on the reservation and eventually decides he wants to go to an all-white school. Not only is this already exemplifying diversity, but he also has medical problems and is very poor, unlike the other kids. Throughout this book diversity is show in many ways: the difference in the white school verses the school on the reservation, how the parents raise their kids, and interactions in the…

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    Superman And Me Summary

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    “I am smart. I am arrogant. I am lucky. I am trying to save our lives.” Sherman Alexie says these words in an article he wrote to persuade his target audience to see how learning to read and write can be a beneficial part of education for not just the indians in his tribe but for all cultured, lower-class. “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me”, was published in the Los Angeles Times. This magazine is available for everyone to read. However, the target audience leans more towards the…

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