Battle of Waterloo Research Paper

1300 Words Apr 30th, 2013 6 Pages
Jessica Ferguson
July 22nd,2012

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

1. What does Arnold mean when he says, “I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.”?
What Arnold meant by the above quote was that he sees the worlds as broken dams and floods that represent the death, chaos and poverty around him. Everything around him is broken and damaged like his glasses. At the age of fourteen he has already been to forty-two funerals and experienced a lot of life’s hardships. The lifeboats represent his cartoons which he sees as his way out the reservation and a way for him to make it in the world.
2. How did Rowdy react when he found out that Arnold
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At Reardan School they have many sport teams and activities and they did not focus on Arnold’s disabilities and limitations. He was able to make it on to the basketball team there.

4. What is Arnold trying to say when he says, “Poverty doesn’t give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor”?
When Arnold says, “Poverty doesn’t give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor.” I think he is trying to say that once you get in the mindset that you are poor you start to think that there is no way out and there is no way for you to achieve anything in life. Arnold’s parents grew up very poor and were trapped in the circle of poverty because nobody paid attention to their dreams. This is similar to the way Arnold’s sister Mary thinks, she had the ability to make something of herself but, she had this poor mentality. She decided not to achieve her dreams and use her abilities. Arnold made first step to break the circle poverty in his family by following his dreams to be a cartoonist. By leaving the reservation now he is one step closer of breaking circle of poverty. We don’t know future but he made first step.

5. In what ways can you compare your life to Arnold’s? I can compare my life to Arnold’s in some ways for example my

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