The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian | Study Guide

Sherman Alexie

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian | Chapter 6 : Go Means Go | Summary

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Junior sits on the porch and thinks after Mr. P's visit. When his parents come home, he asks them who has the most hope. They say white people do.

Junior, who expected this answer, tells them he wants to transfer schools. He wants to go to Reardan, a wealthy white farm town with one of the best schools in the state. His parents are surprised, but since they want the best for him they agree. Mom warns Junior that the people on the reservation will be angry with him for leaving.

Analysis

Bruises and bodily violence, as portrayed in the cartoon, have been part of Junior's life since his childhood surgery. He makes many references to physical injury, both in jest—getting "a bad back" from carrying the "burden of his race"—and in earnest.

Junior idealizes Reardan and its students. After he's spent some time at Reardan, the idealization will be replaced by the complicated reality. But even before he attends, he's aware he'll face some racism; the "hick town" has already pulled his dad over for "Driving While Indian." Until his parents bring up how transportation to school will be a challenge, and that other Native Americans won't be as gracious about his life choice, Junior hasn't considered that hope will come with sacrifices.

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