Victory by Sherman Alexie

Victory by Sherman Alexie

Storyboard Text

  • "I shoplifted a pair of basketball shoes. We could not afford them otherwise. But when I tied them on, I found that I couldn't hit a shot" (lines 2-4).I felt this line was important because it shows that talent/skill comes from the person, not the object.
  • Why can I still not score a point even though I stole these expensive shoes?
  • This is my only option if I want to fix my mistake and not get caught...
  • "Distraught and unwilling to get caught or confess, I threw those cursed Nikes into the river and hoped that was enough for God" (lines 8-11).I thought this line was important because it shows that the speaker is on the right track to accepting their identity, but their thinking is still flawed and does not align with their morals.
  • SHOES
  • "I played that season in supermarket tennis shoes that felt the same as playing in bare feet. O, torn skin! O, bloody heels and toes!O, twisted ankles! O, blisters the size of dimes and quarters! Finally, after I couldn't take the pain anymore, I told my father what I had done" (lines 11-18).I included this line because it demonstrates that even though the speaker got rid of the shoes, they did not get rid of the guilt. The pain the speaker feels is symbolic of the grief they feel for being selfish and not being true to their identity.
  • These shoes hurt my feet so bad, I might as well be playing barefoot!
  • "He wasn't angry. He wept out of shame. Then he cradled and rocked me and called me his Little Basketball Jesus. He told me that every cry of pain was part of the hoops sonata. Then he laughed and bandaged my wounds - my Indian Boy Poverty Basketball Stigmata" (lines 18-24).I felt like these lines needed to be included because they show that the speaker has accepted their identity. They understand that they are not perfect and that being perfect requires dedication. They have learned their lesson and strive to grow from it.
  • I'm sorry for stealing. I will try harder to get better at basketball from now on.
  • It's not your fault. This is part of the journey to becoming an amazing basketball player.
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