The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian By Sherman Alexie

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Essay Outline

I. Introduction
A. Hook: Identity can be deceiving.
B. Synopsis: In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie explores this concept by following the life of adolescent Native American boy named Junior and his struggle to find his identity. The novel explores Junior’s life on a Spokane reservation in Eastern Washington and how his transition to a predominantly white high school drastically alters his reality. Throughout the novel, Junior faces the obstacles that become evident as a result of his decision while grappling with the conflicts of teenage life and what it means to be an Indian in the United States.
C. Thesis: Only by abandoning the reservation and disregarding the social expectations that were manifested in Western society, was Junior able discover his own unique identity.

II. Body I
A. Main Point: Junior needed to leave the reservation because the despondent ideology was suffocating his potential.
B. Hypothetical: This feeling is something that many people can relate to. When a young child grows up in a home with abusive parents, their reality is completely contorted so that they cannot recognize how damaging the abuse is until they are removed from the hostility of that environment. It gradually deprives them of their passions and causes them to perceive any other way of life as an idealistic dream. In a way, Junior’s reservation is that abusive home but not due to violence but a lack of opportunity.
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