Junior is a young American Indian who had grown up on a reservation in the western United States. As he grew older, he realized that living on the reservation would lead him nowhere. His only chance of hope at a better life is to leave “the Rez”. Sherman Alexie perfectly captures the culture of an American Indian in his novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”, by introducing white culture by sending Junior to Reardan High School. Junior’s experience in Reardan allows him to draw conclusions about his own culture and Alexie has surely done research on American Indian culture.
His hardworking attitude doesn’t match up to his willingness to ignore his problems. The weight of working his parents ' debt off, must be constant and heavy enough for him to ignore his own responsibility for a few seconds of contemplation, even if he had shaken the thought off. He is so involved and alienated in his job and duty to his family, that his surroundings and
Rip is a very lazy person who doesn't bother to do things for himself. But he often helped others. “In a word, Rip was ready to attend to anybody's business but his own,” (pg 64) meaning he'd rather help his neighbors than worry about his family or farm. His wife
He got the money but also had a job offer but because he didn’t want to admit his failure he decided to say no. This shows how willy can not admit his failure to his family. The main character Willy doesn’t want to show how deeply down he had fallen and is starting to lose hope on his
Isolated without his family, he wants to be part of nature once again. He is contemplating leaving and going back to the life he knows. It is too difficult to deal with this confusing, restricting, and insulting lifestyle. I have never had drastic changes from one extreme to another as this young man has, but I came to a compromise for the sake of a relationship with my family and it took a long journey to discover this. This young man cannot understand why the people he has come to know, cannot be happy with their lives.
In the film, the aboriginals were living alone peacefully, and were raising their kids, as culturally appropriate to them, but the settlers did not see it that way, they wanted to make the half-caste children become like them, and serve the whites (Noyce). The reasons that these two works are similar, is that the natives of their own places, were suddenly overpowered by these people, who thought they were better, and had their culture and the customs they practiced, stripped from
Throughout natives’ history, the indigenous are always interacting with the common theme of assimilation. Before the arrival of the early European explorers, life in the so-called Old World was civilized and different Natives tribes live in their specific regions. Even though each tribe do not always get along and in contact with warfare through imperialism, it was not part of a bigger picture issue that they have to take a look over (McCall, 7). This was just simply a common act that was viewed among the natives as part of an everyday common life event. With the Europeans arrived to their lands, their normal civilized life started to be disrupted and they slowly started to assimilate into the colonial power nations society’s expectations.
He uses the depression and angst that coincides with the struggles of youth, an age that is an uncouth time for all. Speaking of how youth have to hid in order to “pass” among heterosexual peers. The hopes of marriage and a family that young people aspire to is out of the reach of these budding youth. In order to pass, these youth develop a structured life, centered around a career or academics, but this can lead to an overwhelming depression, as Sullivan presented in his description of a man who, while living his structured life, woke up one morning to find himself paralyzed. There was no forward,
Struggling to find a job, barely making end meet coping with reality crucially affected his well-being. Society has made it difficult for felons to continue their life in a positive way. Many felons are prevented from any success which crucially affects their well being.
In a way Dre falls in line with differential opportunity because he joined the gang to do something and progress in life in a way, but at the same time, he didn’t join it to make money, earn wealth, or work towards the American Dream. Dre recognizes his skills and talents and isn’t happy with selling drugs and causing more harm to his community. He specifically asked for help, opportunities, and something to do that is positive. Dre’s story showed me that he isn’t happy living his life the way he is and that he wants to change, but doesn’t have the resources or opportunities. By having more and easier access to job training or internship programs in the inner city, Dre would be able to put his talent and skills to use towards something positive and healthy.