Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. Just because Arnold has hope doesn't mean his life isn't hard. Dodge was talking about petrified wood and Junior said it wasn't really wood because learned this at the Rez While the class is shocked Mr. This means that Junior often misses meals and school because his parents have no money for food or gas. It is the people wasting their lives getting drunk on the reservation, Rowdy suggests, that have forgotten their community.
P in the face he got suspended Mr. He feels a responsibility to prove himself to Rowdy and the other Indians that see him as a traitor. At the same time, Junior tries to make a new name for himself at the all-white Reardan High School. Once Junior decides to attend high school off the reservation at Reardan, he finds himself struggling both to discover his own personal identity and to relate back to the Spokane community. Even when there are seemingly insurmountable forces working against us, we still must believe things can change. The Absolutely True Diary doesn't pull any punches, but it also offers readers a hilarious and hopeful read.
Now, don't get us wrong. He's just that much of a Renaissance Man. Stories about hope are important because they teach us not to give in to despair. Junior has struggled, and often failed, to find acceptance there his entire life. He often invents excuses or lies to his friends by saying he accidentally left his wallet at home. At the same time, he hopes that, by asserting himself in the right ways, he can bring good things back to the communities that support him.
Despite all this, Arnold chooses to live a life of opportunity and possibility. P says he knows that Junior will go somewhere in life Mr. By wandering farther from home, Junior better understands his roots. What is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian About and Why Should I Care? He wants things to change, and so do we. And how life can change when hope and joy reappears.
The net effect of the racism and bigotry levied against Junior and his tribe on personal, institutional, and national levels is a collective disempowerment that stands in stark contrast to the unconscious privilege and opportunity in the neighboring white communities. These problems of privilege are no less real than the problems of poverty, but the main difference—the thing that makes poverty so challenging—is that poverty prohibits people from pursuing hope and opportunity. At Reardan, Junior gains fresh perspective on the things that are bad about life on the reservation—alcoholism, hopelessness, and a lack of tolerance. Kind of sounds like he should give up and call it a day, right? But, Junior comes to realize, he participates in these same structures of prejudice. Junior sometimes uses homophobic language, for example, as a way to relate to and communicate with people like Rowdy for whom such language is the norm. Branded a traitor, Arnold then gets caught between two worlds: his home on the reservation and the white high school he attends.
The book dropped in 2007 and has been getting heaped with praise from the date of its publication, even winning the ultimate American lit prize: the National Book Award. Embarrassed by his poverty, Junior does everything he can to keep his Reardan classmates from understanding the true state of affairs. Penelope, despite her popularity and beauty, is bulimic, and Gordy, despite his shining intellect, is emotionally isolated and has difficulty relating to others. The hilarious narrator of The Absolutely True Diary is a fourteen-year-old Native kid named Arnold Spirit, Jr. Individual Ambitions and Communal Obligations Junior has great personal ambition.
He decides that things can change for him. He's the reservation outcast, and he's been beaten to a pulp more times than is probably healthy. He looks for others with hope. Junior thinks he's really weird Junior hit Mr. P says that Junior needs to leave the reservation if he wants to get some where in life Mr.
And don't worry—Alexie doesn't try to sugarcoat Arnold's life. But, with the help of friends and family, Junior is also able to relate his personal ambitions back to his Indian heritage. Arnold like Alexie makes a choice to leave the reservation and attend the affluent white school twenty-two miles away in Reardan. Poverty is terrible, and parts of Arnold's story are very, very sad. Arnold, though, is not only a teenage Indian going through all of the usual coming of age stuff. In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 2007 , Alexie switches to the young adult genre in order to offer an autobiographical depiction of reservation life that is both bleak and hopeful, and both heartrending and uplifting. P comes to Juniors house to talk to him Mr.