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Superman And Me Essay

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Superman and MeSherman Alexie, the author, shares how he learned to read with a Superman comic book. His determination to learn how to read became an essential tool for his success today as a writer.Sherman's father was one of the few Indians who went to Catholic school on purpose. His father was very enthusiastic to read stories about westerns, spy thrillers, murder mysteries, gangster epics, basketball player biographies, and anything else that he could find. His father would buy books from Dutch's Pawn Shop, Goodwill, Salvation Army and Value Village, and would buy new novels at supermarkets, convenience stores and hospital gift shops. His father loved collecting books so much that his father "built a set of bookshelves and soon filled them with a random assortment of books" (page 1). And this became the reason why he began to love books as well.After picking up his father's books even before he could read, he shortly discovered the purpose of a paragraph and described it as "a fence that held words" and also said that the words inside of a paragraph "worked together for a common purpose. They had some specific reason for being inside the same fence." (page 2). When he discovered this, he thrilled him and later began comparing places and people like their reservation and his family to a paragraph saying "Inside our house, each family member existed as a separate paragraph but still had genetics and common experiences to link us" (page 2).As he began to see the world in paragraphs, he also picked up a Superman comic book. And despite his inability to read the words, he would assume what the dialogues and narrative were by looking at the picture like when he saw and assumed that Superman was breaking the door, he "would pretend to read words and say aloud, 'I am breaking the door'" (page 2). He would pretend to read and say words as if they were...

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