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Significance Of The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian

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There are many notable moments in Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The Indian cultural faces many obstacles and are constantly discriminated against because of who they are. The Indian culture is looked at as poor and because of this are not given the same opportunities as others who are white. In one of the most notable moments of this novel Arnold reflects on this idea that Indians are just poor. This moment gives insight to the reader of how people in society look at those who are not the same as them.

Arnold reflects on the miss opportunities of his family because they are Indian. Arnold reflects on the fact that had his mom been given the chance she would have gone to college saying “she still reads books like
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After, reflecting on his families missed dreams Arnold focuses on the idea that he is not looked at as a person of equality but that he is looked at as just a poor reservation Indian. Arnold explains what is like to be viewed as poor saying “It sucks to be poor, and it sucks to feel that you somehow deserve to be poor. You start believing that you're poor because you're stupid and ugly. And then you start believing that you're stupid and ugly because you're Indian. And because you're Indian you start believing you're destined to be poor. It's an ugly circle and there's nothing you can do about it.” (13) Arnold’s view of himself and the Indian culture is altered because society tells them that they are not the same, they are poor Indians and don’t deserve the same things everyone else does because their skin is a little darker than most, their culture is different. This scene is important for the reader because it gives an outside view on how society can damage someone and how they see themselves. Arnold has been pushed to the side his whole life and been told he is not good enough because of what he looks like. This is an ongoing issue in society; society tells children every day that they are not good enough because of their size, their color, their gender, their culture and it breaks people down until they begin to believe this…show more content…
It causes children to believe lies about themselves and keeps them from their goals. The importance of this moment is to show that these limitations are not put on a person because of who they are as a person but because of what they look like. This teaches the reader that just because society creates an evil cycle to make you believe that you don’t deserve something because of your culture or skin you have every right to be proud of who you are and accomplish your
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