The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian Teaches Essay

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian teaches the reader that competence is not related to your IQ. Arnold Spirit serves as an example for this. Throughout the story he becomes more competent, and this is shown in various story points. One has to grow up to become more competent, it does not matter how intelligent they are. Age is one of the only cures for incompetence. In the beginning of the story, Arnold is somewhat incompetent. “And then Dad pulled down his rifle and bullets from the closet.” (10) Arnold reacted extremely negatively not just because he was angry at his Dad for killing Oscar, but because he was afraid. He was afraid because he did not know what to do. He was not competent enough to know what to do. Before this, Arnold had never experienced death, according to the reader’s knowledge. This means that he did not know that death was a constant, not a variable. “I wanted to run faster than the speed of sound,” (14) Arnold says this because he does not want to believe any of what is going on around him. He has not understood that there are some things that a person cannot avoid. One may argue that he is simply sad because Oscar died. However, if this was the case, he would have reacted in a more composed manner. He would not have had the thought that he did if he was mature and competent enough to fully grasp the situation. “...I was way smarter than 99 percent of the others.” (84) Although this may very well be true, Arnold shows the reader that…

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