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

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Today, education majorly challenges the minorities, like Native Americans, in our country. Most Native Americans live on these poor reservations that don’t offer quality education to the kids. On a poor reservation, like the one Junior grows up on, education lacks some of the qualities found at most schools. The residents, because of their poor education, end up being stuck on the reservation in their adulthood aswell, with little possibilities for a better life. In his young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, Sherman Alexie gives his audience characters who react differently when given an education they feel is low quality. Alexie uses Junior, Junior’s parents, and Junior’s sister Mary to show the impact an…show more content…
That is absolutely the saddest thing in the world” (pg 31). If the school doesn’t try to get the materials needed to give a quality education to their students, why should the students care about their school experience.
Mary spent her life after high school living in her parents basement giving up on her dream. “After High School, my sister just froze.” Says Junior, “Didn 't go to college, didn 't get a job. Didn 't do anything. Kind of sad, I guess… Spent twenty-three hours a day alone in a basement” (26,28). The education she received didn’t challenge her, interest her, or push her. The high school didn’t set her up for a life outside of the school so she wasn’t prepared after school ended to do anything. “‘Mary was a bright and Shining Star,’ Mr. P said. ‘And then she faded year by year until you could barely see her anymore” (40). She was bright at the beginning of her high school career, but because of the education she received, she ended up leaving the school with the loss of her brightness and hope. The school had drained her just as it had drained everyone else before her. She was left with nothing that would help her succeed in years to come. “OF COURSE THEY HAD A BIG PARTY! OF COURSE THEY WERE DRUNK! THEY’RE INDIANS!... it’s not comforting to learn that your sister was TOO FRICKING DRUNK to feel any pain when
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