Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Analysis Essay

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Short Answer Questions Leslie Silko has said that "If we Indians do not 'represent' our communities as we see them, then others ...will concoct fantasies that pass for the truth." What truths does Alexie represent in his novel about Indian communities? The audience discovers there are many truths between the ‘Indian communities’ that Sherman Alexie describes in his novel. One truth is the fact that in American Indian communities, inhabitants feel a loss of culture due to the mainstream items that have been introduced by the Americans when they colonised the land. These materialistic items have decreased the traditional values that the tribes learn form previous generations. Additionally, the novel can be compared to the life on Indian…show more content…
This is due to limited funding on education and therefore it is not possible for them to achieve their own aspirations. In this scene Junior realises the state that his tribe is in and the negative aspects of reservation lifestyle. He is also ashamed of the anger and frustrations that he felt earlier in his life. Moreover, another scene that would translate well on the cinematic screen would be the classroom scene after Junior discovers of his uncle’s death. This scene has represented the characteristics of discovery as the audience are shown insight on the way his European classmates defend him although he is not one of them. This is illustrated through “Gordy showed a lot of courage in standing up to a teacher like that. And his courage inspired the others.” Subsequently, the scene following this movement would also translate well on the big screen as it exemplifies Juniors personal discovery where he comes to the realisation that the world is not broken down into white and black however it is broken down into the characteristic of the human being. This is conveyed through Juniors proclamation to the teacher, “I used to think the world was broken down by tribes. By black and white. By Indian and white. But I know that isn’t true. The world is only broken down into two tribes. The people who are assholes and the people who are not.” Through, this scene the audience is shown the maturation of Junior and how discovering this has affected his
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