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Indian Education Sherman Alexie Analysis

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Throughout our lives, we are challenged by others to fight injustice, both by treating others fairly, and speaking up when others treat us or people around us unfairly. This is not always easy to do, but we typically think of ourselves as good people who try. We tell ourselves that if everyone acted in the same way, the world would be a better place. In Sherman Alexie’s short story, “Indian Education,” he discusses the different stages of a Native Americans childhood compared to his white counterparts. He is describing the schooling of a child named Victor, in an American Indian reservation, grade by grade. He uses a few different examples of justice and injustice, which could be seen in completely different ways, expressing different feelings. Growing up, Victor faces discrimination from white people, who he portrays as evil in every way, to show that his childhood was filled with anger, fear, and how difficult life was for Victor growing up on a reservation. Racism and bullying are both used throughout the short story between Indians and Americans. The Indian Americans have the stereotype of being unsuccessful and always being those that are left behind.
All through Victor's schooling, he experiences discrimination because he is Native American. This discrimination is especially illustrated through the attitudes of his teachers, both on and off the reservation. For example, his second grade teacher, Betty Towle, punishes Victor rather than rewarding him after he aces his
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