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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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C,A,K,J Book club

on 13 December 2014

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Transcript of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian focuses around
, an Aboriginal boy
. All his life he has lived in a reservation and went to the school
. After talking to Mr.P, his teacher, Junior decides to go to
, a school outside of the reservation filled with white hope. The story takes the reader through the racial discrimination Junior faces and how lives in the reservation with the shame of leaving it.
The Plot
How the setting Affects the Story
-Junior begins living on the reservation (poor)

-He decides to leave as he realizes there is no hope there

-Once at Rearden, Junior is opened up to new experiences and opportunities that he never would have experienced on the reservation
Setting's Impact
The Setting

-Spokane Indian reservation in Wellpinit (poor,depression,alcoholics)
Reardan's all white school
(new experiences, hope, futures)

Time Period

Modern day

~ (somewhat tense) interactions between an Indian reservation and all white town

~Use of email

~Breakage of traditions with less of a retaliation where if set in the past would have had severe punishments

A Novel By:
Sherman, Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Through seeing cultural diversity, Junior learns that it doesn't matter where you come from or your lifestyle but what is on the inside that counts. Stereotypes are just someones opinion, but not until you walk a mile in someones shoes, can you know what there life is like.
The Power Of Positive Thinking
Many Aboriginal people do
not live the life we imagine.
Your Thoughts...
Our Thoughts...
Your Thoughts...
Changing Our
Love in The
Absolutely True Diary
Rowdy and Junior, Gordy and Junior
- Different types of love
- Love withstands hard times
- Love helps you survive new circumstances
"I know they'd been pitched just as much crap as I was. And there they were, ready to catch more crap for me, Ready to walk through the crap with me" (Alexie, 143)
- "If you love something, let it go"
- "traitor"
"They call me an apple because they think I'm red on the outside and white on the inside... a traitor" (Alexie, 132)
tight knit families, how they view people who leave
"The Unofficial and unwritten Spokane Indian rules of fistcuffs" (Alexie, 61)
life in reservations
"I knew it; all of those kids knew it. Indians don't deserve shit." (Alexie, 56)
how they view themselves
“I've learned that the worst thing a parent can do is ignore their children”
Aboriginals are not the only ones with problems

Courage in The
Absolutely True Diary
Junior leaving the Rez (Wellpinit)
- racism
- treated as a traitor
- losing Rowdy
Rowdy forgiving Junior
- associating with a "traitor"
- accepting that Junior will leave him

Junior's behavior at Rearden
- punching Roger
- talking with Penelope
- baketball game vs. Wellpinit
Hope in The
Absolutely True Diary
no hope
- "You're going to find more and more hope the farther and farther you walk away from this sad, sad, sad reservation" (Alexie, 43)
Reardan/"white people":
filled with hope
- "'Who has the most hope?' 'White people,'..."(Alexie, 45)
- "And let me tell you, we Indians were the worst of times and those Reardan kids were the best of times."(Alexie, 50)
unique in his hope
- "But not you... You can't give up. You won't give up..."(Alexie, 43)
- "You kept your hope. And now, you have to take your hope and go somewhere where other
people have hope."(Alexie, 43)
In the absolutely true diary of a
part time indian characterization or
developing character personality is
one of the strongest things that drives
the plot forward
Arnold the main character is
where we see the most
transformation due to his
environment and how he
develops through
out the story
we see Arnold develop because every piece of the plot teaches him a lesson about himself and this is what drives change in you, me, and the story
Arnold's development follows a direct plot of its own going from a boy who hates his life with no friends to a linear equation to him being "the only other indian" other then the mascot at Reardan. these changes come from who he encounters and how they shape his life
The way I see characterization in the novel is quite awkward or different if you will. I see Arnold as one character and everyone else as another either pro or anti, indian and the everyone else develops as one and Arnold develops as one this teaches the lesson that the people in your life, are the people that shape your decision the most and your decisions can also shape others.
Aboriginal People
Best Friends
Why Read The Absolutely True Diary

So What?!
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian is an important and relevant novel because...
the real life issues it discusses
encourages you to be educated about political issues and have your own ideas in relation to them
breaks stereotypes
inspires you to take action and change the world!
Through out the whole book we see through setting and emotions that aboriginals don't live as freely or as happily as we may think. And for those who feel strongly about learning from first hand experience this novel is great for you, because it gives this amazing perspective on something we may have thought was amazing.


Trigger Incident
Rising Action
The talk with Mr.P
Junior's life in Wellpinit
Life in Reardan
Losing Friends and Rejection
Gaining Friends
Falling Action
Challenges your ideas and opinions

~Allows you to have your own beliefs about political issues and stereotypes
~Makes you want to take action and change the world!

~Triggers all your emotions
~Teaches you about the real struggles in Aboriginal reservations
Plot Graph

Mr. P
Arnold's mom

Arnold's dad

Mary (sister)
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