The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie chronicles the story of Arnold Spirit Jr., better known as Junior. He goes on a journey to find the right place for himself while staying true to who he is, amongst many challenges. He leaves his school on his reservation and goes to an all-white school - Reardon. This decision changes his entire life. He is increasingly ostracized from his tribe, even though he still lives with them, His best friend is hurt and has become his enemy. And he faces horrible racism at Reardon. Several passages throughout the story show his inner conflicts and the things he’s learned along the way.
Censorship refers to the regulation of freedom of expression or any other information that may be sensitive or morally inaccurate to the people. This information can be considered immoral or politically inconvenient by religious groups, the government, ethnic communities and media outlets. Censorship originates back in ancient times in many different countries such as Rome and China. Censorship was mainly used for political, social and religious purposes. For example, Christians used censorship to defend against non-Christian rulers threats.
The book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, should not be banned from schools. Alexie’s novel is well written because it covers stereotypes, hope, and reality. Because of censorship schools want to ban this novel because people think it contains inappropriate content. Censorship has been increased from middle school to high school because high school students are more mature and understanding. Our current society is more accepting and more willing to see other perspectives on people’s creativity and positions in life. People today are more open-minded rather than close-minded. In some occasions, books can seem to be inappropriate for the parents, and the teachers do not want to receive complaints from the parents. There are various ways a teacher can get approval to lecture about a book that can cause conflict with the parent(s). Parents will be aware of what their children are learning in class. Censorship in high school is more of a fear of teachers getting into trouble for teaching the students conflicting ideas. There are many more reasons why Sherman’s book should be allowed to be taught in school, but these are only a few.
“Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend” author William Feathers would acknowledge and I have realized that I've lost a valuable friend after perusing The Absolute True of a Part-Time Indian. Sherman Alexie’s novel is a journey through the mind of a writer as he attempts to chronicle his daily life. This autobiographical depiction of life on a reservation is bleak but hopeful yet also heartrending and uplifting. This novel discusses about Arnold Spirit or Junior, a member of the Spokane Indian Tribe, that decides to attend a school filled with white kids. As Junior struggles to create a scintillating future for himself he finds himself impacted by racism and depression but the hardships he faces aren't enough to make him lose hope.
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough”, Og Mandino. Sherman Alexie’s novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, expresses these feelings through the protagonist, Junior. Junior is a Native American kid that lives during a time of poverty on the reservation. He decided to got to school in the town with mostly white people. During this time he has to face poverty, racism, and people challenging his human rights and ideals, but he managed to stay in school and even thrive. He is taking a big risk and is teaching teens how to act, but some high schools are trying to remove Sherman Alexie’s novel from their curriculum. Sherman Alexie’s novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian,
In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Junior experiences a journey throughout his life by changing schools from Wellpinit to Reardan. His journey included some changes that he had to adjust too. Junior was experiencing a difficult experience and he had to overcome problems that he had. Junior got through it which was great because it was not expected especially since he was indian.
Censorship is a concept with several different meanings. To each individual censorship has its own meaning. Is it a violation of our rights or is it a protection for our well being? Censorship in the generic sense refers to the suppression of information, ideas, or opinions. It occurs in all forms of communication from technological media to print media. Each society, culture, or individual's belief is violated by the codes of censorship that our society instills.
Have you ever lost someone or something like a privilege; become hurt or angry and refused to let anyone help you? Well, you may want to think that over. Junior and Teo From The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and from The Lightning Queen have both suffered losses. Junior, is an indian living on a reservation. Education from him was not great, and he let one of the teachers know it when he got a textbook with his mother’s name in it. In maybe not the calmest manner, he throws the book at his teacher. But that teacher stayed by his side and encouraged him to go to the white school so he could get a better education. So, he went. And it turned out better for him then he would have ever expected. Teo, lost his sister to a storm. His
‘Racisum is a man’s greatest threat to man- the maximum of hatred of a minimum of reason.”- Abraham J. Hesche In the book The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie exposes how racisum impacts people physicaly, mentaly, and scocialy as was shown in the scene where a rasist joke impacts Arnold, when Penelope’s father is threatning, and when Arnold relizes he isnt going to be a full time Indian.
In the US alone, there are more than 10,000 books challenged each year. Sherman Alexie’s novel, the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, has not only been challenged but successfully banned in many states. In this book, a poor Native American boy named Junior is living with his family on an Indian reservation, hoping for a better future. To achieve this, he must leave the reservation and betray his community. Junior transfers to Reardan High School and gives us personal insight on how Indians are really treated. Nevertheless, the story has been challenged and banned for what people believe to be its sexism, racism, bullying, vulgarness, explicit language, violence, and the use of drugs/ alcohol. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian should not be banned because it exposes young adults to the reality of bullying, racism, and stereotypes in an educational manner.
I believe that in order to enjoy life, one must always maintain a happy state for their whole life. Although, I might not suffer too much, but, other people may be suffering for their whole lives. This real-world application also applies to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie with Junior. Junior suffers from hatred and losses, but yet somehow he manages to stay happy.
Censorship is not necessary. People in this society get offended easily. Free thoughts are repressed through censorship even though it is made to protect the society by restraining obscenities or to restrict political views.
Censorship is all about deciding on what people can see and access with the media. This is becoming a more popular topic as society progresses in the media. Censorship is closely tied with the freedom of speech. People do not