Analysis Of The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Growing up as an outcast is never easy, no matter the circumstances. Mental, physical, and social differences can all be challenging. In the adolescent novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie, he outlines the difficulties, stereotypes, and discrimination that can occur in today's minorities. Arnold Spirit, a high school student born with hydrocephalus “water on the brain” is athletically gifted as well as unusually intelligent. Stuck on an Indian reservation, also know as the rez, Arnold, who goes by Junior, must make some life changing decisions regarding his future. Is it time to break the cycle of self destruction? No matter how ambitious, those on the rez feel as though they amount to nothing; nothing but drunks with dead end jobs and pessimistic views. Outside of the rez, the future is unknown. Going to Reardan, an all white high school, looking for a better education and life seems reasonable; nonetheless, overwhelming confrontation is inevitable. Forevermore, change is taxing, especially when the surrounding individuals are different.
Red, white, yellow, brown, black, Native American, Caucasian, African American, different races, different cultures, different religions, different outlooks; the list goes on and on. Remember the Holocaust? Well, guess what-- it did not work. There is not a superior race, there is not a culture that stands above, only differences that prevent a pointless,
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