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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Transcript of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
1) Arnold Spirit Junior: Junior is the main character of the story, and the narrator. He has a big head, big feet and hands, but a skinny body. Junior is smart, but doubts himself. In the story, he thinks that he's just an average basketball player, possibly below average. But, it turns out that he's one of the bes players on the team.
2) Agnes Adams: She is Juniors mom. Agnes is very smart, and loves to read books. Junior even says that she could read a newspaper in 15 minutes and would know every aspect of it. But, like all the indians on the reservation, she's an alcoholic.
3) Arnold Spirit Senior: He is Juniors father sings country songs, plays the piano, and the saxaphone. He keeps the sax shiny and ready as if he's about to join a band any day. CHARACTERS (CONT.) 4) Rowdy: Rowdy is Juniors best friend, and his only friend for most of the story. When Junior leaves the rez to go to Rearden, Rowdy feels as if he's been betrayed, and he then refuses to talk to Junior. Rowdy even gives Junior a concussion when the rez school goes up against Reardan. At the end, they make up, and realize that their friendship is important.
5) Penelope: She is Juniors white girlfriend, and goes to his school.
6) Mary: Mary is Juniors sister. Once she graduated school, she simple gave up and lived in the basement of Juniors house. She eventually decides to leave, and moves to Montana with her husband. While there, she dies, when her trailer burns down.
7) Mr. P: Mr. P was Juniors geometry teacher, and was the person who convinced him to leave rez. THEME: I think that the theme is just simply "Never give up, even if times are tough." Juniors story is a perfect example of that. Day after day he goes through tough times. Whether it's other indians on the rez, not being able to go to school, or a death in the family, he still continues to achieve his goal, which is to leave the reservation and be successful. And the only way to achieve his goal is to never give up, even if times are tough. CONNECTIONS: Junior's story is full of many real life problems, and connections. He is a Native American. And, like many Native Americans, he lives on a poor Indian reservation, which is full of violence, drunks, and murderers. And that, is a very real world problem, that I think the author tries to express.
Also, the story is about a 14 year-old kid trying to make his way through high school. And that connects to many kids who are bullied, and are just trying to get through life and high school. SUMMARY: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is the story about Arnold Spirit Junior, an Indian who has lived on a very poor, and very violent reservation his whole life. On his first day of high school at the reservation, he receives a text book. And when he looks inside at the names, Junior sees his mothers name. This meant that his book was close to 30 years old. Junior then gets angry, and throws the book at his teacher Mr. P, and is suspended. While at home, Mr. P comes and talks to Junior, telling him that if he wants to be successful, Junior has to leave the reservation. So, he does. Junior goes to Reardan High School, which is a very white school. When Junior goes there, he basically changed his life. Many of the Indians felt as if Junior turned his back on them, so they beat him up, and they shun him. But, Junior makes many new friends, and becomes one of the greatest basketball players in his school. Junior goes through a lot of harship through out the book, like the death of his his Grandmother, his sister, and his father's best friend. But, Junior continues going to Reardan, and continues to show that he can be successful. WHAT I THOUGHT OF THE BOOK I thought that this was one of the best books that I have read. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was very funny, interesting, and sad. Junior is the perfect narrator for the book, and his character is perfectly written in every single way. But, I did think that the book repeat itself a few times. Like how Junior thinks everything is going good, and then he has a death in the family, or looses a big basketball game. And then he just says something insperational, and how he just wants to stop, but doesn't.