The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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In the book our class has recently read, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, there is an Indian boy who resides in the reservation of Wellpinit named Arnold “Junior” Spirit who leaves his familiar world in the Reservation to venture into the white town of Reardan for a better future full of “hope”. The book is centered around the theme of Junior fighting a mental culturally conflicted war waging between the white boy inside him and the Indian boy reflected on the outside of him, resembling an apple, as said in the book, "They call me an apple because they think I'm red on the outside and white on the inside" (Alexie,132). In this essay I will be examining the different areas of the ‘apple’, I will analyze how and why the two different sides of him compliment and conflict each other in this waging war. What sparks Junior’s sudden interest in hope is Mr. P, a teacher at Wellpinit. Junior has a sudden realization as he opens his textbook to find his mother’s name written on the book, the realization that for the past generation Wellpinit has been teaching him the same things they taught to the last generation because they were so poor. An angry Junior threw the book at Mr. P, mentally screaming at how unfair the education at Wellpinit was. With this, began the first thought of leaving the reservation, the thought began with Mr. P visiting Junior’s house to commend him for not giving up , that he was glad that Junior threw the book at him. Metaphorically this is the first battle of the culturally conflicted war; this is metaphorically the first contact the white side of Junior makes. Mr. P threw out the thought that the Indian side of Junior was possibly destroying him and destroying his future, as said in the book, "If you stay on this rez," Mr. P said, They're going to kill you. I'm going to kill you. We're all going to kill you. You
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