Similarities Between Sherman Axiie And The Hunger Of Memory

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In our country, it can be difficult for socially disadvantaged children, especially those of a minority ethnic group, to acquire a proper education. Because of this, these young minds, no matter how bright, can face an inherent sentence of failure; however, both The Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez and “Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie describe successful individuals of minority statuses who overcame their obstacles and attained the education they deserved. The authors of each passage are two different men with two different stories, but nonetheless, they remain united in their struggles and in their victories. Education for minorities is a common theme addressed in both passages. In The Hunger of Memory, the narrator, Richard Rodriguez, is the son of Mexican immigrants. He and his family stayed alienated from the rest of society due to their appearance and background. There was no mention of anyone in Rodriguez’s family having had a proper education before him. They took comfort in their familiarity and their closeness with each other and their culture, but even so, Rodriguez's educational odds were against him due to aspects of his life that he had no control over. This affected him to the point that he started separating himself from his heritage in order to pursue an education and a higher status. The author of “Superman and Me,” Sherman Alexie, faced similar problems. As a Native American who lived on a reservation during his childhood, Alexie grew up in poverty and attended schools filled to the brim with disinterested, undervalued Native American children who did not receive any opportunities to learn how to write poetry, short stories, or novels while growing up. “We were Indian children who were expected to be stupid,” (Alexie 2) Alexie says, affirming that many other Native American children took to this stereotype while in the classroom. Despite this, those children were not as slow as society thought them to be. Outside the classroom, Alexie described the abilities of the “stupid” Indian kids to memorize and sing dozens of powwow songs and tell complicated stories and jokes around other Indians, but because of the expectation to fail placed upon them, the Native American children took to

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