Essay on The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian

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Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian touches on many issues faced by many modern-day Native Americans throughout their lives, one such issue being poverty, which appears to be present in most Indian families. The sort of poverty that plagues the Spokane reservation is the same kind that has plagued Native Americans for generations. One possible root cause for the situation would be that the current natives on the reservation see that their parents couldn’t do anything to rid themselves of poverty, so they lose hope and, as a result, perpetuate the problem. While the degree of poverty in Junior’s Indian reservation is extreme, the underlying struggles that come with such a financial predicament are to be made note of: poverty’s effect on confidence and self esteem, the difficulties of escaping poverty, and the social stigma it creates. Confidence is a powerful characteristic for anyone to have. Having too much confidence can be a dangerous thing, however, and so can having too little. In Junior’s case (at least, at the beginning of the novel), confidence isn’t exactly a prominent trait in anyone on the reservation. In the first few pages of the novel, he said “I wish I were magical, but I am really just a poor-ass reservation kid living with his poor-ass family on the poor-ass Spokane Indian Reservation” (Alexie 7). To lack confidence is to possess doubt, and doubt is exactly what prevents Spokane Indians from being successful. Throughout the…

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