Child Education in India
Child Education in India

Child Education in India

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What especially appeals to you about this essay? Be as specific as you can. What did you discover in your second and subsequent readings of the essay? Replies to Classmates: What does the student find most important about the essay? Restate what you think the thesis might be. What would you like to know that isn’t here

After reading the essay “Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie I found it appealing because of the way he uses rhetorical strategies to elaborate his view on education. His view was through education he can be an example to fellow Indians in the fight against Native Americans stereotypes. To present this argument Alexie uses rhetorical strategies like ethos, pathos, and logos. This makes the essay more appealing to the reader. The most regular strategy used in the essay is pathos or emotion. He says, “A little Indian boy teaches himself to read at an early age and advances quickly…if he’d been anything but an Indian boy living on the reservation, he might have been called a prodigy” (Alexie, 582). Alexie compares these two thoughts to illustrate the challenges faced by the Indian children. He wants the reader to see those challenges. Another appealing strategy in the essay is ethos or authority.

Although this strategy is not effectively used, it still makes the essay more appealing. The author uses authority in order to strengthen his argument and make it trustworthy. In the last paragraph of the essay he says, “These days, I write novels, short stories, and poems. I visit schools and teach creative writing to Indian kids” (Alexie, 582). The importance of the

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se two sentences is to certify his argument. He wants to establish himself as an Indian writer and novelist facing many struggles. The third rhetorical strategy used is logos or logic. Logic is used to touch the emotions of the reader. Alexie has been successful in incorporating all rhetorical strategies in the essay. He breaks the real meaning of a paragraph in direct and short manner by saying, “… a paragraph was a fence that held words.

The words inside a paragraph worked together for a common purpose. They had some specific reason for being inside the same fence” (Alexie, 582). This quote encouraged me in concentrating in what the writer was trying to explain. The use of logic makes the essay valid because it makes the reader to concentrate on the paper. From the above explanation, it is clear that the use of rhetorical strategies gives the essay variety and helps in maintaining the attention of the audience. I found these rhetorical strategies appealing.

After reading the essay several times, I discovered that Sherman Alexie was explaining his childhood experience. The experience was not good because he faced discrimination during his education. He claims Non-Indians viewed Indian children as failures. His main objective was to make the other Indian children discover that only education could save their life. For that reason, it was only reading that made him a better person today.

Work Cited

  1. Alexie, Sherman. “Superman And Me”. latimes. N.p., 2011. Web. 23 Jan. 2016. http://articles.latimes.com/1998/apr/19/books/bk-42979
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