In Sherman Alexie’S The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time

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In Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the protagonist struggles throughout the novel by having two different selves: Junior, the outcast from the Reservation and Arnold, from the white high school at Reardan. As a result of being two opposites, Junior’s behavior and personality drastically changes, affecting both himself and others around him. Living in Wellpinit, Arnold Spirit gets nicknamed Junior from his fellow Spokane Tribal members, is an outsider, and only has one friend, Rowdy. Daily Junior gets beaten up and bullied, leaving him feel powerless and I unacknowledged. However, Junior has a loving family to come home too. In contrast to going to school at Reardan, Junior is referred to as his birth…show more content…
When after meeting Penelope, and growing a liking towards her, Arnold mistakenly considered thinking about and asking what he can do to change his image for her. “Hey buddy, he do I make a beautiful white girl fall in love with me? Well buddy, the first thing you do is change the way you look, the way you talk, and the way you walk. And then she 'll think you 're her freaking Prince Charming”(Alexie). This quote shows how his desperation and cloud of judgement makes it difficult to finding his true self, his identity. In reaction to leaving the Reservation, and going to Reardan High School, left not only Junior’s Spokane Tribe members, but his best friend betrayed. From here on, people at the Reservation started calling Junior an “apple”, not supporting his decision for leaving. “They call me an apple because they think I’m red on the outside and white in the inside”(Alexie). This quote shows how Junior’s tribe members found his actions similar to a traitor and suggests he wants to become more of a white person. “Apple” stands for having Indian as a race, but becoming white in the mind. The Spokane tribe still accepts Junior to live in Wellpinit, hence they have not caused real harm to him, but feel forward to make Junior become rewarded with hate and despair. Once Junior had told Rowdy of his school choices, Rowdy did not take it lightly. “I was the king of idiot that got punched in the face by his best friend. Bang! Rowdy punched me. Bang! I hit the
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