Following Through Junior’s Perspective: An Analysis of Junior’s Narrative Voice Junior, the protagonist, in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a poor Indian boy looking for hope. Sherman Alexie, the author, relates to Junior. He personally lived on the Spokane Indian Reservation and knew what life is like growing up as an American Indiana. Alexie’s character’s verbal expressions are full of sarcasm and understatement. Although their lives differ, the author and the main character are connected by their mutual culture and background.
Sherman Alexie’s powerful novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, investigates the concealed complexity of the Spokane Indians world. Sherman Alexie illustrates jovial humor, brutal reality, and eulogistic sadness through the pragmatic main character, Arnold Spirit Junior, to allow the reader fathom what the Native Americans are feeling. Indian reservations ― although they are home to some of the most culturally rich and spiritual people ― have had a long history of being more prison-like than a place of peace and comfort. The hopeless Indians, in modern society, that inhabit the reservations are suffering through poverty and drunk alcoholic chaos. Poverty and alcohol seem to dominate the once joyful society.
Sherman Alexie writes the story “Indian Education” using a deadpan tone to build and connect the years of the narrator 's life together in an ironic way. Alexie is able to utilize irony through the use of separate, short sections within the story. The rapid presentation of events, simple thoughts, and poetic points made within the story enable the reader to make quick connections about the narrator’s life to draw more complex realizations. The art that Alexie uses to write this very short story is poetic in nature through the meaning and structure of his writing. By the fact that the reader can draw deeper conclusions about the narrator 's life from Alexie’s writing is evident that his writing is poetic.
America has always been known for its richly diverse population that inhabit it. To many people, it’s a fresh start, or generations of families who have lived here many years. What we never think of, however, is the people who are true Americans. Sherman Alexie’s poem On the Amtrak from Boston to New York, is a simple but thought provoking poem, gets the reader thinking about the real “Columbus” of America and a perspective of his personal feelings on American history. First of all, Sherman Alexie’s poem is considered simple but very thought provoking.
ANELISWA NALA 2015317601 ENGL1624 DUE: 28 OCTOBER 2016 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.
Argument for Banning “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” Book in Middle Schools Published in 2007, “The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie says about the moving story of a Native American teenager named Arnold Spirit who made the bold decision to attend an all-white high school from Spokane reservation to find hope for the future in the Reardan. This volume won the National Book Award in 2007 and won several other awards. Even though this novel can be power of education, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” paperback should be banned because this is not appropriate for middle schools.
In the book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, bullying is a big part of Junior’s life. At the reservation, Junior gets bullied not only because he is how he is but because the kids on the rez are mean and rude. Junior got in many fights because of all the kids bullying him, so he fought back against them. Junior also is bullied in Readen because he is Indian. Junior is bullied in Readen and on the rez because he doesn’t fully belong in either of those two worlds, but the bullying doesn’t stop him from achieving his goals.
Ohiyesa’s The Soul of the Indian gives a nostalgic critique on the encroachment of white civilization on the Native American culture, citing the parallelisms the two societies share and explaining the reasoning behind Native American rituals. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass gives a glimpse into the life of a slave, comparing the life of the free and the enslaved, and giving reason to the actions of the slave and slave master. Throughout each book, it becomes apparent that each has a common trait: the white population’s use of religion as a means for their cruelty. To clarify, religion is used as a justification for their respective instances of oppression, both the purge of Native Americans and Native American culture for Ohiyesa, and slavery for Douglass. Although they experience different systems of oppression, Douglass and Ohiyesa see how the corruption of religion can be used by the white majority to assert themselves as masters to their respective peoples.
Not only does Sherman Alexie show the true role of friendship, but he also shows that no matter where Junior is, he gets bullied by someone. He has forty-two teeth, he wears glasses, he has a major stutter and a lisp, he has a big head, and he is skinny (2-4). These are some reasons why he gets made fun of on the reservation. But, eventually he learns to stick up for himself and take action. Sherman Alexie shows this when Junior decides to go to Rearden (45-46).
Spokane State of Mind Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian shows the differences in lifestyle between being in poverty and being privileged. In the story, Junior, the main character, is weary of living in poverty so he transfers to a relatively rich school. Throughout this account, Junior encounters difficulties and hardships adjusting to the comparatively rich lifestyle. In Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the author uses Junior’s unreliable point of view to shed light on the importance of family and the impact of friendship.