Many people doubted junior, the narrator and main character of this book, and at points he, too, would doubt himself. Even after hanging out with a bunch of the American people, Arnold still feels attached to his own heritage. They were like Swiss army knives! This is a phenomenal book. Junior sees that his dad is crying, and he runs away. He was scared of the white people and did not expect them to welcome him. But Junior's life on the Reservation isn't wonderful. I felt it was incredibly juvenile for a 10th grade honors English class.
Junior says he was born broken, and Rowdy was born mad. This book book is mostly about risks. His grandmother is run over by a drunk driver and dies. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Summary. Soon though, he makes friends and decides: it's okay, white people aren't bad even if some are racists.
One of them is the internal conflict that Junior has when he's debating whether or not he should transfer to Reardan High School, or to continue attending the reservation school. One side of junior wants to ask out a girl, while the other side doesn't. As he grows up, he ends up having 42, instead of 32 teeth. And, third, the ways in which Junior is unique single him out for special difficulties or challenges. Rowdy thought Junior was betraying their school by going away and transferring so Rowdy didn't talk to Junior anymore. First of all it sends a great message that if you wanna accomplish in life you have to take risks.
So when he didn't get punched back, he was surprised. Junior says, with better opportunities, his mom would have been a college professor, and his dad would have been a Jazz musician. Junior says his parents are drunks too, but they never hit him. When he made the decision to go to Reardan, a white school, even Rowdy left him. 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.
Junior's life is filled with death, much of it because of alcohol. This is like handing my son an R rated movie with sexual detail and saying it's okay because the historical aspect is good. Students could learn the cultural and social aspects without reading the vulgarity. He loves his family and his best friend, Rowdy, and he feels that he needs to make amends with Rowdy. Though there are some sexual references, alcohol abuse, ect, Alexie gives us an intimate look into the life of a teenage boy with hopes and dreams who is lead to self-discovery by the people around him throughout the novel. If he went to Reardan, Junior had the possibility of actually being successful, and leaving the reservation, but that would also mean leaving his family, and his friends. Rowdy is a great role model because he shows that he can do adventurous things even when he thinks he can't do that.
When Junior faces Rowdy on the basketball court, he's subjected to anger and actually receives a concussion that takes him out of the game. When two of them died in a row his grandmother and sister , he didn't know what to do without them. I thought that the book was pretty good not the best. Then, Rowdy sneaks into their tent, shaves off their eyebrows, and cuts off their long braids. The main character perseveres through more than anyone should have to go through yet he never gives up. Born with a variety of medical problems, he is picked on by everyone but his best friend.
Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation and attends an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. He also thinks that Indians are forgiving of any kind of eccentricity until the Americans came. In addition to having extra teeth, Junior is nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other. The book is an autobiography of sorts that highlights the life of a Native American living in poverty on a reservation. P, a teacher at the reservation, encouraged junior to become something of himself and helped him embrace the fact that he will have to leave his comfort zone in order to accomplish his dreams. Then I got to the masturbation discussion that went on for over a page.
Junior also did not know how to communicate well. He isn't really satisfied with his life, since he's pretty poor, but he gets along. He is pretty accepting of his heritage. Roger even gave Junior a ride home after a basketball game. Junior thinks he's really weird Junior hit Mr.
He was born with hydrocephalus water in the brain , which has led to a number of health problems. Junior is a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation. Chapters 1-3 Summary: The Black-Eye-of-the Month Club Arnold Spirit, Jr. Second, he feels that he is unique. It is easy for him to imagine the alternative universe where things happened as the doctors said they would, were he ended up being brain dead.
He makes the basketball team and is happy with his life at Reardan, despite the fact that he often has to walk all or part of the distance because his parents have such limited resources. As the story comes to a close, Rowdy comes to visit after school is out for the summer. Junior begins school at Reardan High School and is initially ignored and teased. I just finished reading this novel for my college english course. He knows that he is Indian going to a white school, and he accepts his heritage. Other kids make fun of him for the size of his head.