In-Depth Study and Comparison: Sherman Alexie’s Flight Pattern and Breaking and Entering

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In-Depth Study and Comparison: Sherman Alexie’s “Flight Pattern” and “Breaking and Entering” Sherman Alexie is very well known for his takes on Native Americans in modern American society. His books and stories most often are inside thoughts of situations that are occurring or have already occurred. Two of his shorter stories highlight two very different situations but in a sense connect with another. “Flight Plan” and “Breaking and Entering,” although confronting Native American characters, reveal to the reader the important information about American life in general. “Flight Plan” is a story that involves an encounter between a Native American business man and an Ethiopian taxi driver. This story takes place in a taxi cab, revealing…show more content…
He used this literary technique to force the reader into a remembering a time they did the same thing. Essentially, he wanted to remind the reader that sometimes we make assumptions about a person of certain ethnical background and we come to be surprised by what the person really does for a life. The main point of William as a character was to incorporate somebody who was not white, so no initial thought of racism is inferred, and to transition this person who is a secret bigot into a person that now sees things from a opened perspective. William noticed a thick scar that located itself from the man’s right ear to bellow his collar. Instead of asking, William assumed “a black man with a violent history; William thought and immediately reprimanded himself for racially profiling the driver” (Alexie 58). The way Alexie moved on into the story gave the reader a small amount of leeway room to assume the man was injured in a war, since he later reveals he was a fighter pilot. The reason this part of Alexie’s plot was created and spaced apart so much was to bring the reader to attention that you continue to assume possibilities about person until the truth comes into play. Critics to Sherman’s work also contend that he uses these themes while writing to who a person’s question with identity, such as Sherman Alexie being the “rez kid who’s gone urban” (Sax 143). Richard
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