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

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Double-consciousness in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
"Double-consciousness this sense of always looking at one 's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one 's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity" (Dubois, 8). W.E.B. Du Bois had a perfect definition of double-consciousness. The action of viewing one 's self through the eyes of others and measuring one 's soul. Looking at all of the thoughts good or bad coming from others. This is present in the main character of the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. The Absolutely True Diary is about a boy named Junior that is fourteen years old and living on the Spokane Reservation. Junior was born with too
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Junior experiences the concept of double-consciousness in this scene of the book, because he looks at his image. For example, the size of his head or the size of his feet, characteristics that people on the reservation see when they look at him. Another example of double-consciousness based on one 's look is towards the middle of the book where Junior expresses a more racial feeling of double-consciousness. Junior states, "They call me an apple because they think I 'm red on the outside and white on the inside" (Alexie,131). This is an example of double-consciousness in Junior, because Junior states in another part of the book, "I felt like two people inside of one body" (61). These two quotes relate making this double-consciousness, because Junior has heard what people on the reservation say about him and he himself believes it. This simple sense of double-consciousness is however not the same as what Junior expresses later in the book.
In the Absolutely True Diary Junior expresses great growth in his view of himself and who he is, because he sees that he is not just someone who belongs to one group, but someone of many groups. This is conveyed, because Junior states, "I that, sure, I was a Spokane Indian. I belonged to that tribe. But I also belonged to the tribe of American immigrants. And to the tribe of basketball players. And to the tribe of bookworms. And the tribe of cartoonists. And the tribe of chronic masturbators. And the tribe of teenage boys.
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