The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven, By Sherman Alexie

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Born and raised on an Indian reservation in Washington state, Sherman Alexie is a writer best known for his fictional stories; The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Although from a poor family, Alexie always had access to books and learned to read from a young age. Alexie expresses his struggle with education while growing up and becoming a writer in a community where most kids have trouble even reading.
Alexie shows his audience, the educators of marginalized and deprived students, that if students are given the chance; most students will breakdown the barriers that stand in their way of success. Alexie shows his audience through his specific word choice, personal determination, and by his return to his reservation). In the
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In paragraph five and six, Alexie explores his school experience on the Indian reservation. He explains how he read Grapes of Wrath in kindergarten when others were struggling with simple kids books. Alexie also explained how kids would want “[him] to stay quiet when the non-Indian teacher asked for answers”. He even says that “a smart Indian is a dangerous person, widely feared”. Alexie uses these two paragraphs to show how school was on the Indian reservation and that he broke down the doors in his way. In the seventh paragraph Alexie goes into detail about his experience reading. Alexie “Read books late into the night… read books in the car… [and] in shopping malls”. Alexie uses the verb “read” a total of fourteen times in this paragraph alone. Alexie intentionally uses this word repeatedly to emphasize the struggle and desperation that he had. Alexie ends the paragraph with, “I was trying to save my life”. He used the word “read” repeatedly to emphasize the fact that he was trying to save his life. He didn't want to be like the other Indian kids on the reservation; Alexie wanted to break down the door in his way and make a life for himself. A life beyond the hardships of the reservation, a life better than his parents, a life that can inspire other unfortunate children. In the final paragraph, Alexie revisits his former school. Now a successful writer, he comes back and assists the kids that are in the same place he was in
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