Essay on Junior The Anti Hero By Sherman Alexie

1563 Words Apr 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Junior the Anti-hero Imagine growing up on an Indian Reservation and feeling there is little hope for the future because of a culture of poverty and alcoholism that is a part of everyday life. This is what Junior is facing in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. He does not see much of a future for himself living on the Reservation. Junior does not come across as a lead character who is heroic because he paints himself as someone who is weak and pathetic with few opportunities in his life, calling himself a “poor-ass reservation kid living with his poor-ass family on the poor-ass Spokane Indian Reservation” (Alexie 7). Susan Nami, in her article, Anti-Hero: Definition, Examples & Characteristics, defines an Anti-hero as the lead character in a story who is lacking in hero qualities. She explains, “An antihero is not your typical hero because he doesn 't always possess purely good qualities or personality traits.” She calls an Anti-hero a “flawed character”. Junior shares many of his insecurities with his readers as he struggles with self-doubt and shows a lack of hope in moving himself beyond his situation of poverty, and yet he does just that by the choices he makes. Junior is not portrayed as a hero in this story, but we see him shine through as an Anti-hero because he does not let his flaws get in the way of moving forward in his life and finding hope.
Junior presents himself to us as a flawed individual who struggles with his self-worth…

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