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Rhetorical Analysis: The Joy of Reading and Writing, Superm
Transcript of Rhetorical Analysis: The Joy of Reading and Writing, Superm
"As Indian children, we were expected to fail in the non-Indian world. Those who failed were ceremonially accepted by other Indians and appropriately pitied by non-Indians.
Appeals to emotion (pathos)
"I am smart. I am arrogant. I am lucky. I am trying to save our lives," (Alexie 14).
Essay by Sherman Alexie
Project by: Isabel Toddie and Sierra Romero
Rhetorical Analysis - The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me
This shows the impact reading can have on every single facet of your life. This paragraph analogy he discovered as a child helped him understand the world around him, while at the same time helping him understand the basics of reading.
"I read books late into the night,until I could barely keep my eyes open. I read books at recess...I read with equal parts joy and desperation," (Alexie 13-14).
This use of anaphora shows the author's want and desperation to be recognized as something more than just another Native American
This shows Alexie's dedication to learning how to read and escaping through knowledge.
"We lived on a combination of irregular paychecks, hope, fear, and government surplus food," (Alexie 11).
This causes the reader to feel empathy for Alexie. These are situations that not many people would wish to face, but Alexie faced them and made it through them. His use of pathos allows the reader to connect to and feel for the young boy Alexie used to be.
"If he'd been anything but an Indian boy living on the reservation, he might have been called a prodigy. But he is an Indian boy living on the reservation and is simply an oddity," (Alexie 13).
This promotes feelings of injustice in the reader. It also invokes empathy because the reader feels for this kid who was so great but not recognized as that because of his race.
In the world Alexie came from, those who succeeded in the world away from the reservation were failures. As such, in the Native American culture, Alexie was a failure. However, in our world he would have been a a success story, except for the fact that he was a Native American. He would have been expected to fail in our world as well, but since he succeeded, in an unlikely fashion, he became an antihero.