Should Sherman Alexie Be Banned  Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Literature Type: Essay Paper: #9391941 Related Topics: Humorous, Racism In America, Coming Of Age, Conformity
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Banned Sherman

The Problem of Sherman Alexie's True Diary

While there are several good reasons for why Sherman Alexie's book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian should be read in schools, the honesty and lack of political correctness with which Alexie speaks about taboo subjects make it a good candidate for banning. The book is extremely provocative for any age, but in a politically correct age it is especially dangerous as it exposes youths to unconventional modes of thought and expression that challenge orthodox American values. In short, Alexie upsets the status quo that progressive thinkers, teachers, and leaders have spent more than a century protecting.

Alexie displays with absolute candor his take on how different races really perceive one another -- which in a nation that values equality is not the most sensitive way to discuss race. True, the novel exposes the reality of


Do we really need to be reminded via bitter anecdote of Sherman's past? For example, when Sherman recalls how he had to have his extra teeth pulled, he recounts, "Our white dentist believed that Indians only felt half as much pain as white people did, so he only gave us half the Novocain" (2) and then calls the doctor "a bastard" in the next line. Is it frank? Yes. Is it honest? Yes. Is it politically incorrect? Yes. And that is why the book should be banned. Alexie is a non-conformist (he won't even conform to being "an Indian," thus the "part-time" status).

In a society whose ideological values are based on conformity to political doctrine, Alexie is a dangerous man. He inspires revolt, thinking outside the box, disregard for artificial, arbitrary convention. He calls himself a "retard" (4) and later states that he "was a happy faggot!" (198) without any regard for the preferred nomenclature of today, which is "intellectually disabled" and "homosexual." Alexie throws such respectful terms back in the face of those who crafted them. He insists on being a pariah, on using words that polite society has banned. (And since polite society has banned such words, it only follows that a book that…

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Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. NY: Little, Brown

and Company, 2007. Print.

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