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"Superman and Me"
Transcript of "Superman and Me"
By Sherman Alexie
About "The Joys of Reading"
Alexis' article is about his childhood, as a young Native American boy living in a Washington reservation. He tells of how he learned to read through comic books, and would read whatever else he could get his hands on.
"I was never taught how to write poetry, short stories or novels"
"If he'd (3rd person) been anything but an Indian boy he might have been called a prodigy"
An allegory, the article is meant to stress the importance of reading, with the underlying message of the struggle Native Americans face in today's society, noting:
- "We were poor by most standards, but one of my parents usually managed to find some minimum wage job or another, which made us middle class by reservation standards"
About the Author
SHERMAN ALEXIE: born in 1966, and grew up in the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington; has recieved many awards for his novels and screenplays about Native American life
Persuasive Appeals: Ethos
- "I learned to read with a superman comic book."
- "I am trying to save our lives."
- Most common appeal used
- discusses his poor upbringing: "...one of my parents usually managed to find some minimum wage job or another"
- "I loved my father with an aching devotion"
- "If he'd been anything but an Indian boy living on a reservation, he might have been called a prodigy."
The article is filled with connotations that give additional depth to the author's writing
- "reservstion standards"
- "sudden clarity"
- Rhetorical Question
-Symbols ex. Superman, Books
What do you think?
Turn to the person next to you, and discuss which rhetorical element used is most effective, and why