Sherman Alexie 's Ten Little Indians And Dream Catchers

1051 WordsSep 9, 20165 Pages
Imagine having the motivations to achieve greatness but facing economic and educational struggles to find opportunities. These challenges are the topic of Sherman Alexie’s Ten Little Indians and Dream Catchers. The characters from those stories overcome the struggles they face by self-determination and the desire for a better life. The social economic standing of a student can affect many opportunities related to jobs and obtaining a college education but not the motivations for it. The characters that face the most effects from their social economic statuses are Sherman Alexie’s, Corliss and Dream Catchers’ Krystal. Their social economic statuses are similar, Corliss being a Spokane Indian and Krystal, an African American both are representing minorities. Sherman Alexie, great Native American author writes, “As a poor kid, and middle class Indian . . . destined for a minimum wage life” (5). Often minorities such as them, usually are expected to have lower class jobs, essentially “waiting tables or changing oil.” Corliss’ dad is a victim of this fact, having a “blue-collar job.” Krystal has a job as a bagger at a supermarket at night, proving that minorities from a less than fortunate background are expected to have minimum wage jobs in the working class America. However Corliss and Krystal overcome their challenges by finding better education for themselves. “She’d been a resourceful thief, a narcissistic Robin Hood who stole a rich education from white people and kept
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