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In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, we have learned that Arnold Spirit, Jr. is a stuttering hydrocephalic living on an impoverished Indian reservation where he is routinely bullied and beaten up. His parents are alcoholics, his best friend is physically abused by his father, and coincidently both his grandmother and his sister die of alcohol related events.
Quite frankly, alcoholism plays an important and equally negative role within the Indian community. However, Junior decides he needs to break out of this negative cycle. Junior has hope. He fights back, and he decides that things can change for him. He has the strength to fight. And he does.
I strongly believe that Junior’s decision to move schools was one of the best decisions he could’ve made. This decision took courage to break free from the negative norms of the Indian culture. By moving to Reardan, he was introduced to a completely new environment. For the most part, it was mainly positive. His coach and team believed in him, “You can do it… just four words, but they’re the four hugest words in the world when they’re put together.” (Alexie,189) It was this type of positive reinforcement that kept pushing Junior to better himself. Even through all his struggles he found a way to change. His attitude throughout the text was astonishing. Through deaths and bullying he found an outlet through his drawings. He had a sense of humor through the entirety of the novel which made it an extremely enjoyable read. It isn’t often that I smile when I read, but this book changed that. I look forward to any text/sequel related to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.