Sherman Alexie Indian Analysis

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In this book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, he writes about a boy name Arnold, who was born on the Spokane Indian reservation, with several medical problems. Also, he was bullied by everyone in the Indian reservation except his best friend Rowdy. Arnold always wanted to receive a better education then what he learn from the Indian reservation so he leaves the rez to attend an all-white school in town which he make that hard choice but to leave the reservation. Therefore, Arnold was considered a traitor for his people because he decided to leave the rez and so, he suffers great tragedies from it. Somehow, with his experience of leaving the rez, he had discover that inside of him, he had a strength that he never knew existed in him after he …show more content…
Whenever Arnold was being bullied and being made fun of, Rowdy would go back and do the same thing back to the kids that bully Arnold and make fun of him. He would protect him like a little brother from danger and anyone else that tries to harm Arnold. Just like in the book when Arnold was being bullied by the Andruss brother, Rowdy was so mad that he says to Arnold, “I’m going to kill those bastard, said Rowdy” (p.23). Rowdy was so mad that he was willing to do such harm to the Andruss brother just to protect Arnold from them again. Another example that shows how Rowdy would protect Arnold from harm was during the Spokane Tribe Powwow celebration and Arnold was to scare to go because he fear that he might end up getting beat up. But instead Rowdy said, “I’ll protect you. He knew that I was afraid of getting beat up. And he also knew that he’d probably have to fight for me” (p.17). This shows how much he was willing to protect Arnold from any harm because he wanted to let Arnold know that he is safe when he is

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