Analysis Of The Absolutely True Diary Of Part Time Indian

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Starting your first year of high school can be so fearful, you hear all the rumors about all the frighting things that happen your freshman year not knowing what to expect or how to handle it all. You hear the seniors bully the underclassman, if you didn 't fit in with the “cool” kids then mine as while hid out in the bathroom all day, and don 't be alarmed when you hear someone was talking negatively about you behind your back. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Lexie is an award winning novel that displays many struggles freshman end up coming across in high school. Unfortunately schools are banning this novel from their readings due to many reasons that include but are not limited to sexual behaviors, vulgar…show more content…
It also shows that they aren 't alone when it comes to having to face these fears at such a young age. While reading this novel there is a freshman, Arnold, who ends up facing many issues during his freshman year and had to overcome poverty, bullying, racial issues, and even loss of support from family and friends. Using Arnold as an example these students can take his motivation and ways to move forward from these terrible issues. Arnold even says that ,“I used to think the world was broken down by tribes. By black and white. By Indian and white. But I know that isn’t true. The world is only broken into two tribes: The people who are assholes and the people who are not” (Alexie___). Arnold experienced theses issues first hand and was strong enough to overcome these issues, any freshman can overcome these…show more content…
Having freshman read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian will give them ways to handle the situations and overcome them like Arnold. They can use Arnold’s experience and sense of hope that he had throughout the novel and use in their own lives. Arnold’s hope got him to where he was in life he states, “I don 't know if anybody else has ever climbed that tree. I look at it now, years later, and I can 't believe we did it. And I can 't believe I survived my first year at Reardan” (Alexie___). Schools should look at the positive overall outcome their students would get out of this novel, then looking at all the negativity that lead up to it, without the negativity situations there wouldn 't be a positive end. Nobody’s life is perfect and everyone gets ripped down, but only so many know how to get back

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