“You remember what you want to forget and you forget what you want to remember,” (McCarthy 12). With most aspects of life, the horrendous moments are the times that no one can erase. This applied to The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Towards the end of the novel when the son loses his father proves to be the most indelible moment with the assistance of the feelings experienced during that part. The son encounters a variety of emotions including loneliness, loss and hope. In enduring these complex emotions, this section was the most remarkable part.
At school Alexie and his Indian classmates faced stereotypes such as they were being failure and were not expected to be successful in their life’s just for been an Indian. His classmates would not participate in class because they grew up with the
From the book itself "The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian," whites were prejudiced to Indians and even the Indians were prejudiced toward the main character, Arnold for switching to a white school. An example to provide that there was prejudice in the novel like when Roger and Penelope thought that people in Arnold 's reservation were rich because there were a lot of casinos in his area, but the truth was that everyone in Arnold 's reservation were alcoholics that lived in poverty. For example, like Arnold 's father, he was an alcoholic and so tired, they wouldn 't have any food to eat for dinner, and they would starve for nearly every night. And going on this, Arnold didn 't tell anybody that he was poor so he would say he was rich and it was released out when he was at the dance and he was asked if he was poor and he responded saying yes and they felt bad for him and they gave him a lift all the way to the reservation. During the book Arnold received a lot of prejudice, but he didn 't let go to the heart and the prejudice was seen as ignorance and he just dealt with it.
The road to manhood is not an easy road to travel on for many boys. Junior in my opinion does not follow the Code of Conduct outlined in the "How Boys Become Men" article by Jon Katz. In Katz' article he has a specific set of 6 rules to follow in order to become a man. Some of these rules are things such as "don’t be a snitch" or "let boys fight their own battles". Junior from "The Absolutely True Story of A Part-Time Indian" does conform to some of the rules highlighted by Katz but for the most part he does not. Some examples of the ruled he doesn’t conform to is "don’t be a goody-goody", "never discuss anything of importance with anyone", and "empathy is for nerds".
Junior Spirit from the novel “ The absolutely true diary of a part -time Indian” has many dreams and hopes he wants to achieve. He has to go through many obstacles to get what he desires. The whole novel itself has many different outcomes for a theme but in my opinionn, his dreams are the main one.
Life knocks people down all the time. But it is said that it doesn't matter how many times a person gets knocked down, it is how many times that person gets back up. This is called perseverance, which can be used to help those succeed and overcome the hardships in their life. In “The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” Alexie uses the protagonist Junior, to show how perseverance can be an effective trait, as it helps him conquer the obstacles in his life, and also expand his limits. As Junior matures he realizes that he has many obstacles within his life, like the fact that he lives in poverty, a lot of people show racism towards him and his people, and the death of family members and
The industrial revolution woke up the sense of humanity in people, yet at the same time It turned it off. To begin with, from the year 1819 through 1901, Great Britain was beginning to face an all new era called the Victorian Era. In fact, this era was named like that, because of queen Victoria. Also, this era was very important because it introduced medical advances, scientific knowledge, and technological knowledge that helped increase work efficiency. However, not all the things that occurred were great. One of the things that were very outrageous, were the working conditions of the employees. As a matter of fact, there were writers, like Charles Dickens with “A Christmas Carol”, Benjamin Disraeli with “Sybil”, and Elizabeth Gaskell with
As Winston Churchill said,” Success is not final. Failure is not fatal”. It is the perseverance and hope to continue that counts. This is the story of a boy named Junior whose key is his hope. The Absolutely True Diary is the life story of a Arnold Spirit (Junior) and his efforts to break the stereotypes about Indians. He wants to become something amazing; he wants to be successful. Juniors experiences throughout the book changes him as a person and he understands that life has its ups and downs but if people have hope, they can do anything. In The Absolutely True Diary, Sherman Alexie uses literary devices, Mr.P’s advice, and Juniors experiences to illustrate the theme that perseverance and hope can lead to great things.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has one mutual theme that associates all the other themes in the novel together. In the chapter titled; “Valentine Heart,” we encompass the most prominent and most cognisant theme of them all- grief. This chapter conveys the most detectable attributes of grief that functions as both an individual and collective process of dealing with loss. Argumentatively one could say that grieving has its fair share of adversities. That particular adversity is melancholia, which is when an individual is unable to fully recuperate from a loss and consequently their lives remain stagnant as they never seem to exit the grieving mode. This translates to the tension between mobility and immobility that each individual thus experiences. To say that there is a precise manner in which an individual should lament in would be flawed, because every individual approaches life at a different kind of lens. I will be discussing this in terms of the causes and the consequences of grief and the detailed ways in which the individuals deal with the grief.
The next thing you know, Ryann was following a group of her seventh grade friends to her locker. It seemed like everyone got an eighth grade locker but her. After getting lost multiple times in the hallways of SMS she finally asked Mrs. Barrett, a science teacher, for help. Following Mrs. Barrett’s directions, Ryann arrived at the door to Mr. Bowman’s classroom just after the bell rang. Begrudgingly she sat in the front row, alone. She couldn’t help but wonder what her friends from Laurel Ridge were doing at that moment. It would have been nice to see a familiar
In his book the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie portrays a teenage boy, Arnold Spirit (junior) living in white man’s world, and he must struggle to overcome racism and stereotypes if he must achieve his dreams. In the book, Junior faces a myriad of misfortunes at his former school in ‘the rez’ (reservation), which occurs as he struggles to escape from racial and stereotypical expectations about Indians. For Junior he must weigh between accepting what is expected of him as an Indian or fight against those forces and proof his peers and teachers wrong. Therefore, from the time Junior is in school at reservation up to the time he decides to attend a neighboring school in Rearden, we see a teenager who is facing tough consequences for attempting to go against the racial stereotypes. The decision to attend a white school is a tough one and Junior understands that for him to survive and to ensure that his background does not stop him from attaining his dreams; he must battle the stereotypes regardless of the consequences. In this light, race and stereotypes only makes junior stronger in the end as evident on how he struggles to override the race and stereotypical expectations from his time at the reservation to his time at Rearden.
Every individual comes from a different background, raised a certain way, with different characteristics and qualities. The difficulty in a successful relationship, is merging all those together to eventually build a happy life with one another. Jhumpa Lahiri an author from India currently living in New York, wrote the book Interpreter Of Maladies in 1999, as a way of illustrating the differences between Indians and Indian-Americans through a variety of complex relationships. Notably, those are illustrated through her multiple short stories in the context of the couples’ communities and their intercommunication. Lahiri forms a diverse assortment of characters to show the complexity of each individual’s personality while coping with one’s
Junior has an amazingly tough life as a kid on the Spokane reservation. Junior is the main character in the book The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian. Junior’s parents are always drunk and his best friend Rowdy is his only friend for most of the book. Junior has to make the extremely tough decision of choosing between the high school on the reservation or the white high school outside of the reservation. When he chooses to go to the white school outside the reservation the people on the reservation think that he betrayed them and their culture. This essay is about three different maxims. A maxim is a short basic truth about life. They are usually great sayings, for example, Ben Franklin is the author of many maxims including
Each person’s characteristics are rooted within identity. A simple migration can change one’s identity, gradually changing their characteristics. The short story “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri tells the tale of an American family visiting India. The family enlists the help of translator Mr. Kapasi on their trip. Throughout the trip, Mr. Kapasi observes the family, and learns a lot about the family -- from the smallest details to elaborate stories. The interactions between multiple aspects of identity evidently has an impact on the lives of the family, both in the past and the present. The story takes a stance on how two contrasting cultural, social and personal identities can classify each person as affiliating with different groups, providing reason for the story to be placed in the Identity unit rather than the Hybridity unit.
“There comes a point in your life when you realize: who matters, who never did, who won’t anymore… and who always will.” (Adam Lindsay Gordon poem) In Sherman Alexie’s novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian” reveals no matter how much conflict between Arnold Junior and Rowdy, ultimately, they both believe that they need to stay and support each other together. The speaker, a person experienced three different attitudes toward his best friend. For many, the best friend is someone who always tries to be there to help you, and Rowdy is someone who stands back at Junior when he has troubles. Through Alexie’s first point of view, conversation, and plot development, Junior and Rowdy’s inseparable