Ms. Tara Foxworth
English IV Honors
8 October 2014
Superman and Me Argument Essay
“Superman and Me” written by Sherman Alexie gives a brief a biography of his early life while living on the Spokane Indian Reserve and reading affected his life. Sherman began reading at the age of three when he came across a Superman comic book. Alexie had such a fascination with literature he dreams of becoming a pediatrician shifted into him becoming a writer and teacher. While guest teaching the kids at the reservation he offers some advice to the disaffected Indian students “Books,’ I say to them. ‘Books’, I say.” The disaffected children are those who did not refuse to answer when the teacher asked for answers, for volunteer, for help. Those who were affected are the ones who are “monosyllabic on front of their non-Indian teachers but could tell complicated stories and jokes at the dinner table.” He wants these children to not fall short of their education. As intelligent Sherman Alexie is, this advice really make him seem closed-minded.
Sherman’s main belief was clearly that Education can save lives. Education gives the ability to change your life by opening doors of opportunity. Without education, you do not have the ability to help yourself, let alone others. Education is the fuel that makes society’s car run. These children are writing poems, short stories and even some novels. “They have read my books. They have read many other books.” Nevertheless I clearly disagree with Alexie’s advice because I for one am opposed of only utilizing books as the primary source of learning, especially in this technological society. From reading it seems as if Sherman’s only resources for learning was book due his house filled with books. “They were stacked in crazy piles in the bathroom, bedrooms, and living room” says Alexie. However he has clearly taken his upbringing for granted. Every moment was a piece to his puzzle of intelligence. In fact he states “…but I...
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