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By: Zoe Hunter
Summary about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is about a teenage Indian boy named Arnold Spirit who lives on a reservation and must try to save himself from becoming a failure.
The book starts out with him telling the reader about how he was born upon an Indian Reservation doomed with hydrocephalus, or (water on the brain). He was going to die during the surgery where they vacuum out the water, but survived, with many physical deformations. He had forty-two teeth instead of thirty-two, one eye near-sighted and the other far-sighted, and a giant skull to big for his own body. He also says that he used to have seizures, but no more.
Because of his many differences, many kids bully him. Not to mention his stutter and lisp don't help either. "Everybody on the rez calls me a retard twice a day." (Page 5), "The bullies would pick me up, spin me in circles, put their finger on my skull, and say, 'I want to go there'." (Page 3).
While he suffers around his reservation and school, he often suffers at home too. His parents are very poor. Poor to the point where they can't even provide food for themselves and go to sleep hungry. Every one the rez is poor, even the school. When Junior got his geometry textbook he became very angry because he discovered his mother’s maiden name within it and threw it at his teacher’s nose and broke it. This got him suspended and brought forth is new journey.
Mr. P, his geometry teacher, came to him while he was sitting on his porch, and urged him to change his future so he doesn't become a failure. Junior then decides to go to a school with plenty of hope and success. Reardan High is a school filled with many racists and no Indians at all. The people at this school either bully or ignore him, but he soon makes friends who help him out, and he even hooks up with a girl named Penelope. They help him out with his various problems and even stick up for him in the end.
Eventually everyone learns to like him. And eventually the Rez leaves him alone after his grandmother and sister pass away. All turns well for Junior, and on his Summer break he makes a new friendship with Rowdy. Him and Rowdy now hang out like they used to, and end the book by accepting their differences and playing a round of basketball with no score.
Character Analysis- Junior Spirit.
Despite being like this he still makes friends, and maintains hope. He doesn't let others get in his way, is quite a dreamer, and tries his best.
Character Conflict- Character Vs. Society.
Junior doesn't have a very good output on life because of how unfair it has been to him. He thinks of it and its inhibitors as unwilling, desperate, and depressing. But his view on all that changes later on in the book. It changes to willing, hopeful, and OK.
"I keep trying to find the little of joy in my life. That's the only way I managed to make it through all of that death and change." (Page 176). Hope is what kept him going, and it was something all the other Indians on his reservation have left. Just like Mr. P explained to him, he will become poor and drunk just like every other Indian on his rez unless he is willing to have hope and change his future.
This really moved me because it shows that Junior really did maintain hope and he lets the reader know that even through the pain and misery he kept going, for his future. He really does want change.
There were a lot of words that made my skin crawl, inspired me, and angered me. From unheard of racial slurs, to nice vocabulary, and really rude insults, it moved me a lot.
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