Analysis of Superman and Me

Most people take the traditional route when it comes to learning how to read.

Going step by step breaking down the words and sounding out each syllable until you understand what the word is, and what it means. For a little Indian boy this is not the case. He decided to veer away from the traditional style of learning, to read and taught himself by a process which is not commonly used. In the short story by Sherman Alexie “Superman and Me,” he tells about the path he decided to take, the path of learning by using images to visualize what exactly was happening in each picture.

Author Sherman Alexie depicts the struggle he endured during his childhood about learning how to read on his own. Alexie describes his childhood and gives the reader a background of his home life, heritage, and family. Throughout the story Alexie uses repetition, symbolism, imagery and point of view to characterize the things he discovered about the structure of how a story is put together and compares it to his own life. Sherman Alexie uses imagery throughout the entire story, to describe his life as a child; and gives us the reader a visual by saying “What I can remember is this: I was three years old which made us middle-class by reservation standards. I had a brother and three sisters.”I think Alexie gives a detailed description of his childhood to bring out the fact that he was young when he discovered how to read. After giving a brief description of his childhood and home life; he later in the story, goes on to tell us about how he figured out what a paragraph was. He uses imagery to expand on the idea by describing the Superman story.

He describes one of the comic book panels as a paragraph and says, “At the same time I saw the world in paragraphs, I also picked up that Superman comic book. Each panel, complete with picture, dialogue and narrative was a three-dimensional paragraph.” The fact that Alexie learned what a paragraph was by looking …

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