The essay “Superman and me” by Sherman Alexie’s talks about how he first learned how to read, His intelligence as a young Indian boy, and Alexie as an adult teaching creative writing to Indian kids. In the first paragraph, Alexie explains that he first learned to read with a Superman comic book. But before he could read the comic, Alexie taught himself about paragraphs and how they relate to the real world. He thought of everything as paragraphs such, as his reservation he lived on was a paragraph to the United Sates. Or his family as an essay of paragraphs He taught himself how to read the text by looking at the pictures and dialogue and pretending to say aloud what he thinks the story might be saying.
Alexie learned quickly while many of his Indian classmates struggled to read basic words and vocabulary. “I refused to fail. I was smart. I was arrogant. I was lucky” (Alexie 582). Indian children were stereotypically supposed to fail in the classroom, and most did. Alexie was smart and the Indians who weren’t, ridiculed him. Those who failed were accepted, those who excelled weren’t. But Alexie loved to read. He read everything he possibly could, even if they weren’t books. Alexie visits schools to teach creative writing to Indian kids. Most of the children read his books and write their own.
They want to learn and succeed, but there are some of the children who have already given up hope on themselves and sit in the back of the classrooms and don’t care anything for reading and writing. In the Superman comic book Alexie first learns to read, Superman breaks down a door, this is what Alexie is trying to do with the kids who have already quit. He is trying to break down their locked doors and really get the children reading and writing. This story explains the struggles Alexie and his Indian peers have trying to succeed in a non-Indian environment. Alexie looks past all the stereotypes and refuses to fail. He applies it to real world situations and excels in being an author.