So Junior makes the bold decision to leave his home turf and go to Reardan. Junior and Rowdy have been the best of friends since they were little, and Rowdy has often taken on the role of Junior's protector.
And in his teens he attended Reardan High School, off the reservation, near the rich farm town, where all the other students were white. P's face, breaking his nose. Even the jocks learn to respect him, especially when he emerges as a whizz on the basketball court.
He is supportive of Junior both on and off the court. How do they relate to Native American culture? Her dying words were "Forgive him," which meant that she wanted her family to forgive the drunk driver, Gerald, for hitting and killing her.
There is also the loss of friendship that Junior suffers when Rowdy, a boy who had always protected Junior as the two of them were growing up, does not understand why Junior wants to transfer to a white school. The constant presence of death leads to a loss of hope, which Junior struggles throughout the story to regain.
Mary and her new husband die of a fire in their trailer-home after a partygoer forgot about a boiling pot of soup.
Eugene dies after his close friend Bobby shoots him in the face during a dispute over alcohol. In the first chapter, Junior says, "Rowdy might be the most important person in my life.
Crandall points out that Arnold is never held back by his disability, but in fact laughs at himself: It is told in episodic diary style, moving from the start of the school year to the beginning of summer.
Angered and saddened by the fact that the reservation is so poor that it cannot afford new textbooks, Junior violently throws the book, which hits Mr. Roger suggests that Junior try out for the basketball team, and to Junior's surprise, he makes the varsity team, which pits him against his former school, Wellpinit, and specifically Rowdy, who is Wellpinit's star freshman.
How did these relationships differ? Penelope, Roger, or Gordy? Do you suspect that it might have affected Rowdy differently than Junior? With whom do you think Junior had the closer relationship: Junior feels white when he is on the reservation, but he feels red when he is at school. His another-life father is hip, a professional saxophonist.
Ironically, she never had a drink in her life.
He could have been a jazz musician, if he had had more time and money. Junior's grandma is his favorite person in the world. The most predominant is loss through death. Poverty[ edit ] Poverty is a theme that is introduced by the main character at the very beginning on the book.
Furthermore, the protagonist is torn between the need to fit in his new, all-white school and holding on to his Indian heritage, leading him to face criticism from his own community.
Gordy also helps Junior with schoolwork and encourages his enjoyment of reading books. Searching for streaming and purchasing options Upon meeting Junior, Roger uses racial slurs to demean him, and Junior then punches him in the face.
Junior feels white when he is on the reservation, but he feels red when he is at school. What parents need to know Parents need to know that this National Book Award winner presents a powerful look at the life of Native Americans on reservation, and the struggles one teen faces in an effort to escape.
Some books are like living organisms. The Idaho ban is the latest in a series of attacks on the novel: He is incredibly smart; he transfers from the school on the reservation to Reardan, where almost all the students are white.
Characters[ edit ] Arnold Spirit Jr. Despite these challenges, they also help him see how much his family and his new friends love him, and he learns to see himself as both Indian and American.
Sherman Alexie was born a Spokane Indian. He suggests that it represents "the tensions between traditional lifeways and contemporary social realities.
Even though he sometimes disappears, he tries to take care of his family and he often drives Junior to Reardan. During the game, Rowdy elbows Junior in the head and knocks him unconscious.Most important lesson In the book “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian” By Sherman Alexie.
I think the theme is friendship.
Friendship is a very strong bond. An Analysis of the Theme of Friendship in Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian PAGES 2.
Sherman Alexie was born a Spokane Indian. He grew up where the book is set, on a reservation - the "rez" - in Wellpinit, Washington state. True fiction. Absolutely. He finds friendship. Sherman Alexie This Study Guide consists of approximately 32 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.
Connecting with different people and making new friends is an important part of finding out who we really are. Relying too heavily upon the strength and friendship of another person can prevent us from ever learning how to stand up for ourselves.
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THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie is a fantastic young adult novel about a teenage boy named Arnold Spirit who was born with some medical problems and gets picked on for this and who lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation/5().Download