Analysis of Sherman Alexie's "Indian Education" Book Review

Analysis of Sherman Alexie's "Indian Education"
Analysis of the short story "Indian Education" by Sherman Alexie.
# 127919 | 1,705 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 16, 2010 in Literature (American) , Native-American Studies (General)

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This is an analysis of the short story "Indian Education" by Sherman Alexie. The paper outlines the literary elements of the story, which is a first-person, autobiographical recounting of the life of a Native American boy, on and off the reservation. The paper describes the boy's personal experiences, struggles, and daily encounters with peers, and uncovers the story's hopeful message that one individual can show there is hope in the future. The paper notes that Alexie adds subtle humor to the plot despite the heavy themes of racism and poverty, and that the personal storytelling style keeps the narrative exciting to read.

Point of View

From the Paper:

"Alexie's tone in this story reflects his past experiences, which shape his attitude towards life. His life was difficult and hard in almost all aspects, which leads to a pessimistic and depressing tone throughout the narrative. Throughout telling this difficult story of race and poverty, Alexie tries to add in subtle humor to lighten the mood of this emotional story. There is sadness in the tone of this story, which can be seen by his use of irony and symbolism. When he is in the eighth grade and speaks very ironically about the white girls throwing up their food. When he speaks symbolically about the kiss, we see sadness when he has to say goodbye to his heritage."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alexie, S. (1993). Indian education. In R. DiYanni (Ed.), Literature: approaches to fiction, poetry, and drama (230-234). Location: McGraw Hill, New York, NY.

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