Essay on Sherman Alexie 's Superman And Me

1301 Words Jul 8th, 2015 6 Pages
The meaning of life has been pondered for centuries, but perhaps a better question to think about would be “How am I going to get through this?” Sherman Alexie is a Native American author who has received honors and awards for his writing. Sherman Alexie integrates his Native American ethnicity to portray his life experiences through his writing. In his short stories “Superman and Me”, This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona, and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Sherman Alexie depicts the struggles of the common Native American. To begin with “Superman and Me” is short story that introduces the reader to the life of Sherman and his struggles. Sherman grew up on the Spokane Indian reservation in northern Washington. Living on a reservation caused Sherman to have limited educational resources; resources he could have benefited form as a child and adolescent. Like most families living on the reservation his family faced poverty. They survived on his parent’s minimum wage jobs, and counted on government surpluses food programs to make ends meet. Sherman was born with hydrocephalus a condition where a person has an abnormally high amount of fluid in the cranial cavity. Sherman had to have risky surgery at the age of six months and survived with no health risks. He did however face some side effects from the surgery: seizures, uncontrollable bed wetting and an enlarged skull. Alexie became a bright child and excelled in his academic life, but was ridiculed by…

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