Analysis Of Sherman Alexie's 'The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian'

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Sherman Alexie elaborates on his views of many themes through the experiences of Arnold Spirit in “The Absolutely True Diary Of a Part-Time Indian”. Creating a unique situation Alexie enables himself to touch particularly on the themes of identity and poverty, Arnold struggles through two different lives, the one at the reservation (home) and the one at school he struggles to find himself. After much turmoil in his classroom, his teacher suggests Arnold transfer to the all-white school in the neighboring town. Through the situations of Junior’s life, Alexie uses the setting, symbolism, and tone to describe his views on identity and poverty. Very efficiently Alexie choose uses the setting of the book to be in Wellpinit And Reardan, WA.…show more content…
He puts it likes this “ Back on the [reservation], I was a decent player, I guess. A rebounder and a guy who could run up and down the floor without tripping.” (Alexie__)He continues to tell the reader how he lacked confidence playing basketball at the reservation, and was not expected to be good so he wasn’t. When he went to school, it was different “something magical happened to me when I went to Reardan… my coach and the other players wanted me to be good. They needed me to be good. They expected me to be good. And so I became good.” (Alexie__) When Arnold went to Reardan, his perspective on basketball was changed. Through his coach and teammates made him a star by just believing in him. Alexie shows how believing in people can be a significant role in developing people 's individuality and in this case, he shows this trough Arnold and basketball in a very realistic and convincing way. He makes the reader question themselves and how they have treated others who may be like Arnold. One pivotal scene at the beginning of the novel ends up with Junior throwing his math book at his teacher. He found out that the very same math book he was issued turned out to be the same one his mom used, this infuriated Junior. He felt that part of the reason the Indians on the…show more content…
The first tone is a humorous one; in many situations Arnold his very funny in his diary. He tells jokes often and usually is very straight forward and blunt in his comedy, and this makes the reader relate to Arnold. For example “I grabbed my book and opened it up. I wanted to smell it. Heck, I wanted to kiss it. Yes, kiss it. That 's right, I am a book kisser. Maybe that 's perverted, or maybe it 's just romantic and highly intelligent.” (Alexie__) His word tone here is very conservational and makes you feel like you know Arnold. Alexie does this to be able to explore different topics that would not be effective using another character. The second tone is hopeful. The entire book is about Arnold’s struggle to fight through poverty and find his identity, and every step of the way no matter how dark it can get for the teenager there seems always to be a glimmer of hope. After Arnold went to the new school he meets a girl in a bad situation and tells her “If you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing,” (Alexie__) and despite no one to this point in Arnold 's life has been amazing. Arnold has come to this realization with very little experience. Alexia can present a character who breaks free of poverty with still maintaining his roots to his family. Sherman Alexie paints an incredible story
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