October 3, 2005

Comparing Sherman & LaRonda

The main difference between LaRonda and Sherman is that Sherman has a very strong desire to learn. LaRonda's teachers say she is a bright girl, but she usually fails most of her classes. Sherman reads every chance he gets, and knows he is very smart. Both people came from minority backgrounds, and were expected to not succeed, especially in Sherman's case. Non-Indians expected Indians to be ignorant and not want to succeed. Sherman's family life seemed to be a little better than LaRonda's. Sherman's parents pushed him to succeed, and I don't remember but I don't think it really says much about LaRonda's parents/family. Her mother had her when she was 13, and has no high school degree. So that is a major difference between the two characters' family life as well. LaRonda has to take care of her brother, who is only a year younger than her, because he is "completely helpless", by her standards. LaRonda seems to have to take care of her mother at times, something that Sherman does not have to do.

at October 3, 2005 11:30 AM