Summary of ‘the Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me’
In his essay “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me” Sherman Alexie claimed that it was reading and knowledge which saved his life. Because, besides reading and books, his family and background was the same as other Indians who lived in the reservation: poor and underprivileged. Alexie then recalled how his father read as many books as possible, which made himself a role model to the author. Under his father’s influence, Alexie picked up books before he could read. Although he couldn’t understand the meanings, he had the concept of paragraph and related it to reality that paragraphs were fences that separated different groups of people. Just like Indians were separated from the main society belonged to white people. The first time Alexie learned to read was by assuming what might Superman said in a comic picture.
He learned to read in this way and became very talented while others kids couldn’t read as he did. However, when he grew up into a man, he often spoke his story in the third person in order to dull the pain for his miserable childhood while Indians were expected to be stupid and fail in non-Indian world. Nevertheless, Alexie was smart, arrogant and lucky. His family has many books and he read as much as he could so that he could save his life. Now, as a successful writer, Alexie visited schools in reservations as often as possible. By reading, Alexie had his own voice and saved his life. Now he tried hard to save other Indian children’s life.