In the article, “Achievement of Desire” by Richard Rodriguez, starts to discuss the conflict of scholarship boy between school life and his home life. When he starts to make progress in his education, he was becoming discouraged and embarrassed of his parents lack of education. Rodriguez admits his success is due to never forgetting his life before he became a scholarship boy, yet the new change that came from getting an education. After reading this article, I would have to agree with certain parts Rodriguez has to say, yet disagree after realizing individuals who take the values of academic culture will start to experience alienation from native communities. Richard Rodriguez describes the difficulties between balancing life in the academic world and life of a working class family.
True Son understood that the stories would offend the whites when he used to think that the stories were funny and the whites would think that they were funny too. Finally, when True Son ends up being rejected by both the Indians and the whites, nature and living on his own help make him stronger. When he has to leave his Indian tribe, True Son starts getting emotional, but he had to hide it and overcome it, knowing that he would be an outcast and not welcomed anywhere but nature (Richter, 119-120). Also, True Son had to be physically and intellectually strong to live alone. True Son had to be smart in what he did and how he lived.
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.
Wind-Wolf, a young and innocent Indian boy is struggling to fit in as he’s being torn apart between white culture and his own Indian culture. Having recently transferred to a new school, Wind-Wolf is trying to adapt to the new culture while holding on to his own. As his father describes to his teacher, “My Indian child is a slow learner...It takes time to adjust to a new cultural system and learn new things”(2). Wind-Wolf’s father is telling the teacher that she should try to be be patient with Wind-Wolf because he needs time getting used to this new and strange educational environment. Growing up, Wind-Wolf experienced and learned different things than his white peers.
The Joy of Reading and Writing Superman and Me, by Sherman Alexie tells a personal story of his experience as an Indian in Spokane Indian Reservation. Sherman grew up with his father who loved books, that’s were Sherman’s passion for books began. As an Indian Sherman was expected to be “stupid and to fail in life,” no more than that. Sherman knew he wanted to succeed in life, Sherman “refused to fail.” Sherman’s message to society became clear, with education comes knowledge without it we are bound to fail in life. In The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me, expresses joy and desperation to succeed in life.
Junior states, "I mean I'd always been the lowest Indian on the reservation totem pole -- I wasn't expected to be good so I wasn't." But eventually that changed for him. As Junior realizes he isn't going to go anywhere from the reservation he wants to make a change. Leaving the reservation was a serious matter; almost as if you're rejecting what the reservation has to give. After talking to his dad junior starts to attend Rearden High School, the high school that is 22 miles from the reservation in a white town.
uperman and Me Adelaida Urrea Sherman Alexie, in his essay, “Superman and Me”, recounts how he learned to read even though he lived in poor family inside a community where education was disparaged. Alexi’s purpose is to describe how kids are expected to fail academically since education is not cared for in Native American communities, and ignite change in the ways Native American children are educated. He adopts an inspirational tone in order to encourage other Native Americans to follow his example and educators to help solve this problem. Alexi projects an inspirational tone, through the use of diction to achieve his purpose. For instance, when Alexie introduces how he learned to read, he states: “The words themselves were mostly foreign, but I still remember the exact moment when I first understood, with a sudden clarity, the purpose of a paragraph.” In making this comment, Alexie magnifies the impact reading would have for his future.
Sedaris felt that if others knew what was going on with a person as strange as him, than others would learn that it is ok to do their own weird tics. It is also important to note that when “A Plague of Tics” took place he was in grade school and then later college. This would imply for this essay that he was writing towards people in a similar context. This essay would relate most to all the problems in the world going on with bullying. It isn’t a surprise that someone such as Sedaris got frowned upon by others for not conforming quite like the
Overcoming a challenge, not giving up, and not being afraid of change are a few themes demonstrated in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Perhaps the most prominent theme derived from the novel is defying the odds, or in other words rising above the expectations of others. Junior Spirit exemplifies this theme throughout the entirety of the book. As Junior is an Indian, he almost expects that he will never leave the reservation, become an alcoholic, and live in poverty like the other Indians on the reservation—only if he sits around and does not endeavor to change his fate. When Junior shares the backstory of his parents, he says that his mother and father came from “poor people who came from poor people who came from poor people, all the way back to the very first poor people” (11).
Painted Tongue uses his humming, his circular path, counting coup, and his physical appearance to construct his identity because he was forced to go to a boarding school when he was only a child, and therefore his knowledge of his own culture is not perfect. Painted Tongue works hard to reaffirm his identity because he is not confidant of it, and he reaffirms it more strongly when he thinks that he is disrespected or that his identity as an Ojibwe warrior is put in doubt, for example when he is at the hospital after breaking his nose and he feels disrespected by the nurses. However, when the doctor does not speak down to him, Painted Tongue sees that "he was white but his nose looked very much like Painted Tongue's" (Boyden 84). Painted Tongue
Alexie discusses a few different aspects of life on the rez through the eyes of Junior that are explored further in other scholarly works. Alexie writes briefly about Junior’s thought process behind finding a paying job. In doing so, he explores the negative stereotypes that are engrained in his head as a product of structured oppression. “Jeez, how stupid was I? What kind of job can a reservation Indian boy get?
We can also learn this lesson in the book Our Twisted Hero. The author Yi Munyol tells the story of Han who is the new kid in class. Han quickly figures out that the class leader, Om Sokdea, is taking away the basic freedoms of the class. He 's showing us an example of how good a group can run with little freedoms. Our Twisted Hero shows use how personal freedoms need the be sacrificed for the betterment of the group.
Throughout the book, Huck encounters people such as pap, the Widow, and Jim who teach him lessons that prove to be useful along his journey to freedom. He come to realize how his life changed throughout his experiences, and he believes that the society he was born into is corrupted by the same people who taught him his life lessons. Fortunately, because of the money and the lack of legal control, he plans to “light out for the Territory ahead of the rest” (220), where he seeks freedom
Webster’s defines hope as “to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true”. Arnold’s hope let him overcome some hard obstacles in the book. He lives in a rough Indian Reservation in Washington named Wellpinit. Everyone is poor and doesn’t have a future until Arnold shows that it is possible. Arnold, from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, shows that if one works hard and hopes for what he wants and believes in, he can accomplish his goal.
Although, this does affect another characters belonging, all done by another’s choice. In addition to that, the choice made by the principal affected the aboriginal’s community belonging in the school which was one of the main keys that interpreted in Redfern Now. The idea of belonging that was explored by this choice thoroughly since it not only had affected Joel’s belonging but had change the parent’s idea or perspective of belonging as well and this occurrence since the expulsion had put the taken Joel out of the scene and made his family hopeless and no idea where they actually belonged