Repetition In Sherman Alexie's Writing By Sherman Alexie

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Sherman Alexie was a man who is telling us about his life. As an author he uses a lot of repetition, understatement, analogy, and antithesis. Alexie was a man of greater words and was a little Indian boy at the beginning of the story and later became a role model for other boys like him who were shy and alone. Alexie was someone who used his writing to inspire others such as other Indian kids like himself to keep learning and become the best that they can be.
Alexie tends to use a lot of repetition to make his point very clear. His point is you are not defined by your circumstances, you are defined by the standards you hold yourself to. One example of Alexie using repetition is when he says, “We were poor by many standards, but one of my parents usually managed to find some minimum-wage job or another, which made us middle-class by reservation standards.” He repeats the phrase that they are poor, but some of this phrase is a way for Alexie to explain how his life was like through his eyes. He says this to somewhat explain where he came from, but Alexie as a writer repeats himself a lot showing us the power of what he has become through his determination to change his life. Another example is when Alexie says, “When we had extra money, he bought new novels at supermarkets, convenience stores and hospital gift shops. Our house was filled with books… I remember picking up my father’s books before I could read.” Alexie remembers a time when he was
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He says, “This might be an interesting story all by itself. A little Indian boy teaches himself to read at an early age and advances quickly.” He says this as an understatement to tell the reader the importance, but he actually is really smart. Alexie is a man who tells important events, but does not dramatise the events in his life and make people unable to focus on the true message of his essay, which is not how smart he
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