Themes In Sherman Alexie's 'Indian Education'

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The short story “Indian Education” by Sherman Alexie is about a boy who describes his life and how he was treated. The narrator describes his experience from first to twelfth grade. He was treated poorly at the beginning of the short story but later was acknowledged. An important theme that develops throughout Sherman Alexie’s “Indian Education” is that people often make wrong accusations about people from a specific race, which often leads to self-pity.
The theme, people often make wrong accusations about people from a specific race, which often leads to self-pity, is introduced at the beginning of the story in many ways. In the beginning of the text, the Indian boy experiences bullying in elementary school. He was being abused and people through things at him, and they also took his glasses. But one day Sherman was brave enough to defend himself from the bully. Alexie illustrates, “ Then it was Friday morning recess and Frenchy Sijohn threw snowballs at me while the rest of the Indian boys tortured another top- yough- yaught- kid, another weakling. But Frenchy was confident enough to torment me all by himself, and most days I would have let him,” suggesting that the bullies are picking on him because he is a weakling and is easy to bring down. The theme is made more specific at this point because they are making wrong accusations about him. They don’t know what he is capable of and what he will grow up to be. Frenchy, the bully, was probably bullied in his life so he wants
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