There are many example of what it mean to be human. It is natural to feel the desire to fit in with a group that is considered to be “normal”, but it can also be very damaging when people are always saying that you 're not. As people grow up they form their own opinions based on their experience. Junior is a Native American teenage who lives on an Indian reservation with him mother, father and sister. Junior sees himself as a poor Indian kid that is trying to change his fate. He decides to go to school off the reservation, to Reardan high school in order to seek a better life. It is again, a part of human nature to have the desire to fit in. Throughout the novel the authors shows how one 's opinions about themselves can alter due to other’s opinions on them.
Eudora Welty describes “The Worn Path” as being not so much on the life or death of the grandchild but more so on the journey itself. While the poem “Traveling Through the Dark” is a journey of thought that is more so on the journey to reach a decision than the decision itself. Therefore the process of the journey is more important than the outcome, due to the lessons it has to teach the reader and the development of the character. Both are faced with obstacles to overcome, that affect or influence them along their path, helping to find their identities. They also go through a process that define them as putting others before themselves, teaching valuable lessons and creating unique characteristics.
We are often told that it’s ok to be different. My younger version would definitely agree. Growing up Indian, I had the benefit of teachers repeating instructions a bit louder and slower. I never worried about getting injured on the baseball field, because I got to sit on the bench. My parents never had to worry about driving me to sleepovers, though I was seemingly friends with everyone in school.
“In the middle of a crazy drunk life, you have to hang on the good and sober moments tightly.” (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie page 216)
Argument for Banning “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” Book in Middle Schools
There are main themes in every novel some may be obvious while some require research and analysis to find. In The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, there are many themes such as bullying, racism, drug abuse and alcoholism. Though only a few of those apply directly to Junior, the protagonist, there is one that he is affected by more than any other. This one is isolation.
The poem begins with a series of negative images, each of which are considered violent and undesirable in a family. For example, “The whiskey on your breath” suggests alcoholism, and “Could make a small boy dizzy” emphasizes that a boy is suffering from the effects of the alcoholic parent. This portrays emotional abuse that explores the possibilities of a toxic father-son dynamic. The line “But I hung on like death” then continues to imply that the father’s careless attitude is hurting the little boy internally. These images give insightful pictures to an unhealthy relationship caused by psychological violence. The speaker then adds a more positive image of dancing with, “Such waltzing was not easy” and “We romped until the pans slid from the kitchen shelf,”. Although most associate Waltzing as an enjoyable dance, it is in reality a metaphor that represents the relationship he has with his father. A father-son bond is supped to be pleasurable like the dance, but instead it is a rough experience like the
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.
“Are you Spanish? Are you Mexican?” Not-so-close friends ask me. “…No,” I reply. Thinking in my head, “Really? Are people this clueless about the first people in America?” I am not one of these other brown-skinned peoples living in New Mexico. I am not a part of the majority-minority of this state. Rather, my culture, my relatives, my people are the minority of the country. I am Navajo.
A small town Indian boy named Junior Loved his friend Rowdy as does Rowdy.But love can’t vanish can it,or is it the fact that love never existed with those.After all some say love is just a figment of your imagination,right? In the book”The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”
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.
"A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and make them believe it can be obtained”-Shaun Hithcock. Mentors and role models are important figures in society, they help people succeed in every which way they choose to endeavor. In general, a good mentor is necessary for someone who likes to dream fantasies. This is very clear with Junior in The Absolute Truth Diary Of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Junior relies on the guidance of his mentors, so they can motivate him and lead him to become successful, His geometry teacher, Mr.P, helps Junior to understand the real picture of changing and taking his education at Wellpinit. In addition, to his
Have you ever lost someone you loved or was important in your life? Well Junior has, he has lost many people in his life. He has gone to a total of 42 funerals in his lifetime and he is only 14. You will find out more about Junior in the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Most of the people Junior has lost were due to alcohol. Alcohol is an epidemic within the Indian reservation as well as all over the world. There are many themes present in the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. One particular theme that is present throughout the story is that alcoholism kills and ruins lives.
Throughout my whole life, I’ve been bullied and even though at a young age around eight you still get bullied. I went to a Native American school and at that time I was a lighter color than the other students and they would call me names. I continued to go there until about fifth grade and I was continually bullied then I went to a different school, there I was hoping for a good time but I soon would discover the truth.
'Quitting the Bars ' takes on the particularly difficult form of the villanelle. This consists of nineteen lines, composed of five tercets and ending with a quatrain, and usually infers a feeling of compulsion and obsession - both common traits in those suffering from alcohol addiction. Meehan 's refrains allow for more variation than one would generally encounter in traditional villanelles, preferring to engage with the more modern form wherein the repetition is not exact. This is evident with respect to the third line of the first tercet: 'not sure if the self is cell or warder, ' and the third line of the third tercet: 'you wonder if they are wards or warder. ' Such deviations serve to break from the rigid form of the more famed villanelles,