Sherman Alexie Research Paper

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Steele 1 Jacob Steele English 11 Monday, June 15th Sherman Alexie and N. Scott Momaday Essay Alexie and Momaday have in a lot of things in common and some main differences too. Sherman Alexie and N. Scott Momaday have a lot in common, they both are famous poets and have many awards. Sherman Alexie was awarded the National Book Award for Young People's Literature this one of four annual National Book Awards, which are given by the National Book Foundation to admit great literary work by US citizens. They are awards made by writers and given to writers. The panelists are five writers who are known to do great work in their genre. The award recognizes one book written by a US citizen and published in the US from December 1 to November 30.…show more content…
Also his mother worked at several jobs to support her children. He suffered from frequent seizures during his childhood and had to take a ton of medications to control them. After attending the reservation school for some years he went to Reardan High School to get a better education. All of these critical events shaped who he is today. For example his dad being an alcoholic nomad and his mom working all of the time he really never saw his parents that much so he couldn’t really say what he wanted to say or express his feelings. So he shifted to writing poems to express how he felt and what was going on in his life. Also having seizures frequently his peers and classmates would see him so he got bullied a lot so he felt even more nervous to speak or to say what he wanted to say out loud. Sherman Alexie’s choice to go outside the reservation to a white school was a smart idea because not only did he get the Native American’s side of the world but, he also got the white people’s side of the world too. Which helped him understand more of the world and different perspectives; write most of his poems he has wrote…show more content…
Scott Momaday both make their poems about their lives. N. Scott Momaday’s poems are more modern, he writes his poems based on what is going on in his life at the moment, or how Momaday says it, “a “word walker,” a storyteller who uses language on his life’s journey in a way that transcends dimensions.” While Sherman Alexie jumps from past to present with his poems. He connects to the reader so very well because, he has such a difficult background so he uses slang and swear words like in his young reader book, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" to connect with the teenagers reading his book in personal way. N. Scott Momaday’s poems are bright and friendly and are about life such as the poem, “A Simile” Poem by Navarre Scott

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