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

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Sherman Alexie is an award-winning author who wrote the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The book is a semi-autobiography of Alexie’s life and his experience growing up on an Indian Reservation, as well as a more economically well-off school, where he was the only Native American student. The book gives readers the opportunity to get an idea of what life is like living on an impoverished reservation. It depicts the struggles of young Arnold Spirit Jr., or Junior, as he is known on the reservation, as he grows up living a double-life, or as he says “as a part-time Indian”. His struggles include dealing with poverty, alcoholism, and racism, all while trying to make something of his life. The book, which has multiple themes discussed throughout our online course, is a great way for people who have no experience with reservations to understand what life on one is like. It is apparent that the book is essentially an autobiographical story of the author, Sherman Alexie. Though the author does not use his own name, or uses words such as “me” or “I”, having the protagonist goes through all the same struggles that Alexie went through as he was growing up. Alexie does a great job throughout the book of adding humor, and keeping things light. When someone goes through all the hardships and mistreatment that Alexie has, it could be easy to allow personal opinions and grudges to alter the story telling. Alexie however makes jokes of some of the bad things
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