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Analysis Of 'The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian'

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Al Pacino once said, “ Be careful how you judge people, You don’t sum up a man’s life in one moment.” In the novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian ,Sherman Alexie explains the hard life of Arnold Spirit that is filled with many problems, death, and bullying. Arnold Spirit was born with many medical problems and was picked on for most of his life. But, this did not keep him from receiving a good education and doing something incredible with his life. So, Arnold Spirit left the rez to attend Reardon, an all-white school, where he was an outcast at first, but made many new friends by the end of Freshman year. Arnold Spirit was known for betraying his tribe and leaving the rez, but despite this he discovered many new strengths and continued to carry on with his life towards success. Throughout the novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie discusses about the issues or struggles that Arnold Spirit faced which include bullying, stereotypes, and being different.
Arnold’s biggest struggle at school is bullying. Arnold says, “ Yep those bastards were making fun of my brain disorder. I fell down. One of the brothers picked me up, dusted me off, and kneed me in the balls. The Andruss brothers laughed and walked away”(Alexie 21). Arnold had been pushed around and bullied for his medical problems his whole life, and one of the main reasons of bullying is because of his appearance.While writing in his diary, Arnold explains, “Everybody on the
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