As a teenager it is difficult to make bold decisions by yourself. Especially if you are an Indian, like Arnold Spirit, who made a bold choice to find hope. Arnold is a fourteen year old drawler in search for a way out of the reservation to better his education. However, along the journey there are some obstacles he approaches because he is an Indian who is poor and has a disability. In the novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Arnold Spirit, otherwise known as Junior, demonstrates empowerment by leaving the reservation he lives on to find hope in an all white school called Reardan.
I managed to grasp the basic concepts of learning in grammar school only to succumb to the same people and pressures in high school. I achieved honor roll status in my freshman year of high school. Regardless, I fell off track puberty, peer pressure, and hardheadedness were my worst enemy. I conclude, moving out of my first foster home where I stayed for 13 years would satisfy my curiosities and mysteries of the street. Dr. Moorer states, "Like many of us, I thought I could fix my own problems."
In second grade, Victor undergoes a conflict with his missionary teacher, who coerced Victor into taking an advanced spelling test and cutting his braids. Through Victor’s spelling test, Alexie portrays the teacher’s desire to fail Victor, illustrating the expectation held by the white American community that natives ought to fail. Additionally, the braids symbolize the Indian culture’s expectation of appearance, while the teacher’s desire to cut them off symbolizes the white culture’s expectation. The symbol recurs in his graduation, where Victor’s “cap doesn’t fit because [Victor has] grown [his]
In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Arnold faces a lot of obstacles in life. Arnold realized that in order for him to get somewhere in life he needed to leave the reservation and go to school at Reardon but when he gets there the white people are really horrible to him. The white people would pick on Arnold but he wasn’t going to take it so he stuck up for himself and he made a name for himself and people began to respect him for that. Grandmother Spirit passes away and Arnold feels like the world is coming down on him but as more and more important people in his life pass away he learns to cope with him feelings more. When Rowdy and Arnold aren’t friends anymore Arnold felt as though nothing was going to bring Rowdy back around but finally they come back together and play basketball and become friends again.
He had lots of flaws. Some of his flaws were: Cheating on his wife, not allowing his son to play baseball to go to college, and many more. Even though he had his flaws, he did not stop to do better for himself. Troy picked up garbage to earn his paychecks because African Americans were not allowed to drive garbage trucks. Troy was not demotivated by this, rather he fought that discrimination and became the first black garbage
Assimilation forces people to learn new cultures, which usually ends with a choice being made between which of the cultures to follow. Many Native Americans went through assimilation and were not accepted by the white man and even their own people. Zitkala Sa had a hard time maintaining both her culture and the new culture being taught to her. This is exhibited in her short story The Soft-Hearted Sioux where she used a boy to mask that the story relates to her and displayed the struggles the boy went through. The purpose of writing the short story is to teach people what assimilation does to Native Americans while she attempts to resist it through words.
First of all, when Huck first discovered Jim, he acknowledged “people would call [him] a low down Abolitionist and despise [him] for keeping mum” (Twain 32). Knowing the rest of his community would despise him created an inner argument in his head. Huck grew up without the luxury of a family and home to learn the manners and habits of a normal lifestyle. But the question is whether it really is a luxury or “normal”. He began to understand the distinction between his own rights and wrongs on his own and questioned “the use you learning to do right, when it’s troublesome to do right and aint no trouble to do wrong” (69).
In the book To Kill A Mockingbird made by Harper Lee , many different people are discriminated against, for their color or gender like Tom Robison and even Scout.. But one character is discriminated against very early in the book, Walter Cunningham, who was discriminated by class. To start with, Walter Cunningham is from a family of farmers. This means he is a class below the citizens of Maycomb. But this also means that he(and all other farmers) got hit hard by the depression and are very poor.We first see the importance of this difference when Scout goes to school on her first day.
The audience sees this when Cory says, "Papa done went up to the school and told Coach Zellman I can't play football no more. ...Told him to tell the recruiter not to come.... Just cause you didn't have a chance! You just scared I'm gonna be better than you, that's all” (Wilson, 1986, p. 57-58). This shows that Troy strongly disagrees with Cory playing football because he is jealous of him. He uses an excuse by saying that he wants Cory to focus on getting a job as to why he won’t let him play football.
In “An Indian father's plea”, the child is embarrassed about his indian culture, and as a result, his father notices. The child now “refuses to sing his native songs”. The other childrens discrimination at school causes the child to not accept his own culture either. This turns the young, innocent child against his own culture which is unacceptable, but sadly a problem in today’s culture. In “Funny in Farsi” the child has to be escorted around by her mom which to her, “was enough to make me pretend not to know her”.
Those living within the reservation realize that there is very little they can do to escape the grim manipulation that is poverty. During the meek petulant times Junior attended Willpinit, the small school that resides within the reservation, he has a blithesome conversation With Mr. P about how the poverty seems to be growing as the bleak despair rises and the Spokane Indians are just giving up. “Every white person on this rez should get smashed in the face… All Indians should get smashed in the face, too. The only thing you kids are being taught is how to give up…But not you. You won’t give up.” (42-43, Alexie) At this moment, the reader is exposed to Juniors foolish yet haunting dream of escaping the impoverished realm and travel to the white
They should be taught the Holocaust because people have a tendency to only care about themselves and usually turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to problems that don’t affect them. The Holocaust will teach them that because of the many millions of bystanders and bigots, the mass murders of 6 million of the 9.5 million Jews in Europe occurred. Also the students should be taught the Holocaust in the 8th grade so they can develop an understanding of it that gets magnified in high school. The mass murders that occurred in Germany were egregious and should never happen again, and teaching the kids will be a big step in doing
Another way the Canadian Government ineffectively responded to Aboriginal affairs was through the social issues the Aboriginals dealt with. One example of this would be the Sixties Scoop. Prior to the 1950’s, children were taken to residential schools, where they were forced to forget their Native culture, and were punished if they attempted to do otherwise. In the late 1950’s, people started to realize the negative impacts the residential schools had on the children, as well as their families. This led to the drastic overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in the child welfare system in the 1960’s.
The second way Huck went against society’s rules was by refusing to be civilized. He would never listen to the Widow and Mrs. Watson when they attempted to make him act proper and work on his studies. He’d much rather run around in the woods and play robbers with his friends. Twain himself, who spent much of his life traveling around the United States, used Huck to show that life was meant to have fun and to not waste so much time putting on airs. Lastly, Huck didn’t put up with anyone telling him what to do, especially pap.