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Choose Sherman, Alexie and one of his work  (fiction, poetry, or drama) that we have or will cover in class, and examine the author 's view of life as expressed in her/his work.  Focus on a research topic in which  you examine how historical,  biographical,  psychological,  or sociological conditions  influenced the writer (see pages  1893- 1924 to identify critical perspectives  and the questions one should ask).

For example, if you were analyzing Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily," you might choose to approach it from an historical  or sociological perspective examining the degree to which Faulkner's view of the South as resembling  an aging relic resistant to change may or may not have been  accurate.  This would require comparing aspects of the story with historical  evidence.   You might take a biographical  perspective  and examine the degree to which real life experiences influenced Faulkner 's writing. Or you might research Faulkner's understanding  of psychological  theory as evidenced by his character Emily  Grierson.

If you were to analyze Sherman Alexie's "Year of the Indian," you might choose an historical or sociological approach examining the idea of cultural genocide within the context of Alexie's writing.

 One might examine Hemingway's "Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" from a sociological perspective focusing on Hemingway's gender-specific code of behavior, or one might compare Hemingway's view of women with a modern feminist view. Using a biographical or psychological perspectives, one could examine the degree that Hemingway's early childhood experiences and his attitudes toward women in his life shaped his later  writing.

One could examine Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun from a sociological perspective in order to determine the degree to which racism  impeded the dreams of the Younger  family.


The strength of your paper depends on the argument you intend to make. Once you have focused on a topic, you will need to formulate an argument or thesis which incorporates your sense of the view of life the author expresses in the work.  You will need to research  a variety of outside sources to offer evidence to support your argument. This is where the library's literary criticism will come in handy. Besides literary criticism, you will need to explore historical and biographical accounts in order to gather information so that you may draw your own critical conclusions. You must quote or summarize (briefly) the views of at least five outside sources who can offer support for the critical perspectives you have identified. At least three sources must be from print books, magazines, or journals. You also should share your own analysis and insight wherever possible.

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DISCUSSION: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


DISCUSSION: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

In literature, a story can never be regarded to be just a story due to the themes that are
used in its presentation that integrates it to the broader world (Davis, T., 2015, April). This is
done while at the same time fulfilling a certain purpose by the sort of elements that are used in
the story an author is conveying. This means that the sum of words contained in a story are
usually used to convey a deeper meaning with regards to the social context of which it is derived
from rather which the author wants to bring to the public. This is clearly brought out by the novel
The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie.
Sherman Alexie was born in Washington belonging to the Spokane Indian Reservation on
October 7, 1966. His father was an alcoholic and this profoundly affected the way he grew up.
He had to make a choice to avoid alcohol after witnessing what alcohol did to the aspirations of
the many people he knew in his childhood life. His alcoholic father was, therefore, absent most
of his life as his mother had to work in several jobs so as to pay the bills and support him
together with his other siblings (Davis, T., 2015, April).
When he was born, Alexie had hydrocephalus better known as a condition which one has
water in the brain. He had to undergo several surgeries when he was six months old so as to save
his life from mental disabilities or even death. This resulted to his peers at school mocking him
making fun of his enlarged head. He also had a seizure which meant he could not take part in the
physical activities when he was with reservations hence making him be alienated from his peers
due to the effects that it caused when he was around them He also had to take a lot of medicines
so that it could help him control his seizure condition.

DISCUSSION: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

However, Alexie still managed to excel academically in his school, which meant that he
had to join a high school that was outside his reservation region. He was a success on both the
basketball court and the classroom hence earning him a scholarship to study medicine and law at
Gonzaga University in 1985 (Davis, T., 2015, April). Although, after two years of being unhappy
and not enjoying what he was doing, he chooses to transfer to Washington State University
changing to taking literature classes as he was not sure of his career path with regards to
medicine and law especially after he fainted in his human anatomy class.
Alexie began to drink heavily at the age of eighteen though he still made time for his
short stories and poetry. He then quit drinking in 1991 after his first book called; “I Would Steal
Horses” was credited with publication. In the next year, he was awarded National Endowment
for his book. At the Sundance Institute Writer Fellowship Program, he is currently its Creative
In his poetry collections and short-stories, Alexie’s great skill in the use of iron with an
exemplary amount of humor to bring out his message. He also demonstr...

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