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Presentation for Flight by Sherman Alexie

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Winnie Guo

on 17 January 2015

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This novel (
by Sherman Alexie) is a work of social protest literature because it brings awareness to society of the struggles of being Native American. This novel is a way of peacefully protesting the mistreatment, inequality, and injustices the Native Americans faced.

Who is American?
There has been a vast amount of evidence proving Indians were the first Americans but they were also the ones denied of justice.
What's My Name?
Historical Context (part 1)
Historical Context (part 2)
Arrival of the first Europeans
Summary of
A novel written from the point of view of an Indian orphaned teenager living in the foster care system. He calls himself Zits. Zits is abandoned by his drunk father at birth and loses his mother to breast cancer. All these traumatic experiences puts him in a conflicted mindset. He has very violent thoughts and isolates himself from society. After he is shot, he finds himself traveling back in time as different people to experience Native American history up close.
by Sherman Alexie

1. Historical Context
2. Thesis Statement
3. Brief summary of text
4. Lit. Device #1 + quote + analysis
5. Lit. Device #2 + quote + analysis
6. Conclusion: How is
a work of social protest literature?
Through the author’s use of flashback and conflict, the reader can see that Zits’ abandonment by the adults in his life have resulted in self isolation and violent thoughts.
Lit. Device #1
"I get so angry sometimes that I want to hurt people. I dream about hurting people. About killing them. I've always had those kind of dreams" (Alexie, 26).
Lit. Device #2
Man vs man Conflict:
"My father was a drunk, too, more in love with beer and vodka than with my mother and me. He vanished like a cruel magician about two minutes after I was born" (Alexie, 4).
Winnie Guo
23 December 2014
by Sherman Alexie
10,000 years ago
The Native Americans
15-20 million
80% - 90%
The Indian Removal Act of 1830

The Trail of Tears

The Battle of Little Bighorn

The Massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890
The Standoff at Pine Ridge in 1973
Force Native Americans to migrate westward.
1838-1839: to migrate to an area in present-day Oklahoma. Travelers faced hunger, disease, and exhaustion.
1875-1876: Sioux and Cheyenne Indians and Sitting Bull fight for their lands, two victories over the U.S. Cavalry. Indians defeat Lt. Colonel George Custer and the Seventh Cavalry.
When Zits says "always" he is referring back to his very first heartbreaking memory, of his father. The abandonment is the cause for all of his violent thoughts.
Connection to Thesis
Connection to Thesis
Zits' experience with being abandoned by his own father at birth has caused him to keep his distance with getting close to anyone. He calls his father a "cruel magician." In other words, Zits describes his father as a deceiving man who causes him pain.
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