Essay on Prejudice : The True Diary Of A Part Time Indian

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Prejudice “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein
Prejudice : A preconceived opinion not based on reason or actual experience. It means that somebody forms an opinion about somebody else that has no foundation to stand on. It has been expressed many times in modern culture and has either been shunned upon or embraced. It is effectively the cousin of racism and should be looked at in the same fashion. The books that were read in this class have all shared a common theme of prejudice of different but similar natures. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, for example, shows prejudice based on where or how you live. Over all, prejudice is usually looked over and can range from being hurtful to being unnoticed.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was the first book that we read. It was focused on a boy named Arnold (Junior). He had lived his whole life on a Native American reservation until he was convinced to leave to pursue a better life. He went to a different school in a town nearby. He had a hard time fitting in, and had to put up with all of the kids calling him names because of his heritage. Back at the reservation he didn’t have many friends to start out. Now that he has “betrayed” them, everybody hates him. Even his best friend thinks he’s scum.
Junior even starts to think about his race as well. He generalizes…

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