The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian By Sherman Alexie

Improved Essays
There's have been much ignorance with a certain group of people that are suffering in the economy, lack of opportunities, and much more, they are called Native Americans or they are also known as Indians. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Junior is a teenager who lives on a reservation that is full of poverty and a negative environment. He transfers to a white school called Reardan, making him the different one in it, and caused his own tribe to go against him. Juniors influence with the tribes that identify him are making an impact because of the poverty, funeral goers, and the restrictions the teenage boys have. The Wellpinit reservation is full of poverty, including Junior's family. Junior notices that …show more content…
Junior and his mom are talking about how they don't want to lose one and the other after his sister died. Which leads to crying and hugging each other. “But I was crying for my tribe, too. I was crying because I knew five or ten or fifteen more Spokane's would die during the next year. I cried because so many of my fellow tribal members were slowly killing themselves.”(Alexie 213) He is upset because he knows that so many Indians are going kill themselves or die in an incident. What happened is that the deaths are not going to stop, he knows that many Indians have lost hope leading to kill themselves or die by an incident that might relate with alcohol. Grandmother Spirit, Eugene, and Mary are a prime example of nonstop death back to back they died. Junior knows that there are upcoming funerals of many Indians in the reservation that are going to …show more content…
Penelope is talked to Junior about her dreams of being able to something big and beautiful in her life. “It was my dream, too. And Indians boys weren't supposed to dream like that… We were supposed to be happy with our limitations.”(Alexie 112) What Junior is emphasizing in this quote is that teenagers in the reservation are not supposed to think big about certain ideas. What the quote is interpreting is that there are not multiple opportunities around the reservation giving them limitation. With fewer opportunities, there are fewer expectations to the Indian girls and boys who are teenagers. Being an Indian teenage boy or girl in the reservation cannot believe in something extensive. In the reservation, there is not numerous of openings to succeed like

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    Okonkwo’s wife name Ekwefi tell him that his daughter Ezinma is dying. Ekwefi gave birth to other children before Ezinma. These other children died. In chapter ten, the village of Umuofia held a ceremony to resolve a conflict that a husband and wife had. The conflict was a husband beating his wife led to her staying away from him.…

    • 1007 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Mr. Wise later told friends that she had suffered a triple aneurysm”( “Ohio Man’s Shooting Of Ailing Wife Raises Questions About ‘Mercy Killings”. The New York Times –August 23, 2012. Page 1). This quote definitely proves that his wife was suffering, and that she couldn’t live a normal life anymore.…

    • 2147 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    People handle difficult situations and express their feelings in many different ways. In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the author communicates the pain and rage that the main character, Arnold Spirit, feels as he faces the everyday challenges of growing up on an impoverished Indian reservation. Throughout the novel, Arnold describes many of the adversities that him and his loved ones have to face, revealing how it emotionally, mentally, and even sometimes physically, takes a toll on them. Arnold was raised by parents who could hardly manage to put food on the table, and he has to witness the helplessness of his family and friends. The students and young adults on Arnold’s reservation endure the detrimental effects of poverty,…

    • 2009 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Indian Removal

    • 1871 Words
    • 8 Pages

    (Madaras 194) Along the Trail of Tears over 12,000 natives lost their lives due to the poor conditions, lack of sanitation, and the exhaustion. Over 60,000 Native Americans were removed from their land in just one year with an additional 15,000 in the following ten years. This unjust act of cruelty shocked the Native culture and changed them from a very successful, self-sufficient people to a beaten down and abused population. This event would be something that the Native American culture would never truly recover from. (McGill…

    • 1871 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Junior Part Time Indian

    • 577 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Junior also states that the issue will happen to ten Spokane’s. That incident is tragic because he was born with problems he deals with more problems and if that’s not enough he deals with death and sorrow due to the passing of his three family member. This can be very burdensome. You can tell he feels victimized. In conclusion both articles of writing can relate because they have a victim.…

    • 577 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Characteristics Of Creon

    • 1281 Words
    • 6 Pages

    He is looking for comfort but he know longer can have any comfort because all his family is dead his wife and son died because of his actions that he had committed. In the next quote Creon had just noticed what he had did to his family and himself by them killing there self and now he can no longer go back and change things. Oh pity! All true, all true, and more than i can bear! O my wife, my son!…

    • 1281 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Colonialism In Jamestown

    • 691 Words
    • 3 Pages

    A reason the Native Americans started to kill the English was because the English had killed some of their people when going to trade for food. In “An Abundance of Blood Shed on Both Sides” the author said, “Of 120 men stationed near the falls the Indians kill neere halfe.” (Fausz, 63). In “An Abundance of Blood Shed on Both Sides” the author said, ” At least 3 more die in Indian Ambushes.”(Fausz, 63). “Three more colonists more died to indian ambushes.” (Document E, Fausz). The Indians had an reason to attack because the colonists were killing their kind.…

    • 691 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Question 1 Alexie in his novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian details the hardships Native American Indians encounter through going to white public high school in Washington in the off-reservation Reardan town (Alexie and Forney 36). The novel addresses social issues, such as bullying, violence, sexual references and poverty in addition to tragic deaths of most of the characters that discuss the American culture clash with the Indian culture. Junior is one character that is in constant poverty coming from a reservation family that is incredibly poor. This is illustrated when Arnold’s or Junior’s father shoots their dog to avoid paying the veterinary treatments that are very expensive (Alexie and Forney 8). This shows the differences…

    • 1120 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    In the end, this changes Penelope and Roger’s view of the reservation about 22 miles away from Reardan. “I’d always been the lowest Indian on the reservation totempole. I wasn’t expected to be good so I wasn’t” (Alexie 180). This quotation shows a self-fulfilling prophecy about how the outside world views Indians. They are thought of as not being good at sports and Junior took that to heart and believed it.…

    • 891 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    The deaths of his own comrades shape Paul in the novel and begin to take their toll on him. Families are also affected by the loss of life “Also often neglected when examining the enormous human cost of total war are the effects of so many deaths on the families left behind—or never to be started” (“Origins and Impact of World War I.”). Much like how the deaths have effected loved ones Paul loses many friends and comrades including his best friend Stanislaus “Kat” Katczinsky this of course makes Paul shut down emotionally in the novel. It also mentioned in the beginning of the novel that the painful death of Paul’s fellow classmate Joseph Behm who was reluctant to volunteer in the war, broke whatever…

    • 1695 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays