The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Stereotyping in “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” In Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”. Junior is negatively affected by stereotypes about American Indians. He stereotypes all American Indians as poor, stupid and dirty. When he tries to escape all of these stereotypes he transfer to Reardan , a white school , and finds out that other people stereotypes American Indians in the same way. The main theme of this book, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” (by Sherman Alexie), is about Junior trying to find strength and hope to accept himself. Stereotypes about Junior make him weak and hopeless. He thinks that he will have a better life if he is white. He can’t imagine himself to be successful academically and socially. As a result of prejudice and stereotypes to Junior, he becomes weaker and hopeless . Junior sees himself worthless because he is Indian. “ We always get beat up at least once a month” (Alexie 4). He experienced both physical and emotional pain because he is different. Indians like Junior can’t always get what they want or what they need. “Our white dentist believed that Indians only felt half as much pain as white people did so they only gave us half of the Novacain “ (Alexie 2). They are treated differently from other people and it is hard for Junior to be treated differently because he has a brain damage and he need a lot of services for his condition. Stereotypes affects Junior in many ways and it makes Junior live harder. Furthermore, when Junior transferred to Reardan , his best friend Rowdy left him. Rowdy thought that Junior is ashamed to be Indian. Their friendship changes when Junior left the rez. But his family even though they are scared, they supported Junior’s decision. At first, many of Americans called him names and make a fun of him but after a while he started making friends.
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