The True Diary Of A Part Time Indian

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People always say don’t judge a book by its cover, yet constantly, we all do it. We pick up a book and immediately, by instinct, we judge it by what we see. It is the same for all things in life. It is only human nature to judge things based on appearance. We look at how someone or something appears, and without even trying, we make assumptions or judge that thing, person, or situation. Throughout my semester in English 10A, I have come across many situations in which appearance affects the thoughts or lives of characters in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time-Indian, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Merchant of Venice, and our Holocaust Unit. The first book we read, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time-Indian, appearance definitely played a roll. The biggest factor was the white people judging the poor Indians. They all immediately assumed that someone like Junior, that was a poor Indian from the reservation, was automatically dumb and had no future ahead of him. Yes, in most cases this was true, but that does not mean every Indian is not capable of having a good future. Of course it was very rare, but the main reason for that was because when people saw them they immediately based their judgment on appearance. Like when Junior first went to Reardan High, all the kids stared at his beat up clothing and appearance and thought, why are you here? “They stared at me, the Indian boy with the black eye and swollen nose, my going-away gift from Rowdy. Those
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