Essay on the book -The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.docx

Essay on the book -The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.docx

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Surname 1 Essay on the book "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian" Name Course Instructor Date Introduction In his book the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie portrays a teenage boy, Arnold Spirit (junior) living in white man’s world, and he must struggle to overcome racism and stereotypes if he must achieve his dreams. In the book, Junior faces a myriad of misfortunes at his former school in ‘the rez’ (reservation), which occurs as he struggles to escape from racial and stereotypical expectations about Indians. For Junior he must weigh between accepting what is expected of him as an Indian or fight against those forces and proof his peers and teachers wrong. Therefore, from the time Junior is in school at reservation up to the time he decides to attend a neighboring school in Rearden, we see a teenager who is facing tough consequences for attempting to go against the racial stereotypes. The decision to attend a white school is a tough one and Junior understands that for him to survive and to ensure that his background does not stop him from attaining his dreams; he must battle the stereotypes regardless of the consequences. In this light, race and stereotypes only makes junior stronger in the end as evident on how he struggles to override the race and stereotypical expectations from his time at the reservation to his time at Rearden. How race and stereotypes made Junior stronger Firstly, the most conspicuous racial stereotype that junior must deal with at reservation is that fact that Indians are viewed as poverty-stricken. In fact, in the beginning junior sees himself as a
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Surname 2 “poor-ass reservation kid” (Alexie 7) and his tribe is viewed as poor throughout the novel. The reality of poverty strikes him as his family rarely have money for gas or food and sometimes he must go to school hungry and has to hitchhike to school.
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