The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

1587 WordsJan 30, 20186 Pages
Everyone has a cultural identity, although sometimes we have a hard time accepting them. Sherman Alexie’s The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is about a brain damaged Indian boy named Junior who lives in a Spokane Indian Reservation and decides to make a move that will alter his life and the lives around him drastically. One thing about Junior is that he loves to draw, he loves to draw so much Sherman states, “ So I draw because I feel like it might be my only real chance to escape the reservation”(6). Junior believes just because he is Indian doesn’t mean he has to follow the same path other Indians, including his parents, followed. With the help of his family he tries to make a better life for himself. In order to change his life Junior does something no other person has done before. Since he is the first Indian to make a change, many of his town people don’t agree with his decision. As a result, Junior goes through many challenges, some harder than others and no matter what, once he starts his journey, he cant go back. Junior doesn’t want to completely accept his cultural identity, he wants more than what surrounds him so he must challenge himself and do the unspeakable, although everything comes with a price. Junior feels as though he is better than no other person, that there is nothing special about him but the truth his he one of the lucky ones who actually has a chance to truly escape the reservation and make something of himself. One day while Junior is
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