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

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

Title represents theme in the following way
Theme In the Book: is about finding your own identity, becoming the person you want to be not what other people want you to be like.

" I suppose it had something to do with confidence. I mean, I'd always been the lowest Indian on the reservation totem pole- I wasn't expected to be so good so I wasn't. But in 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 180)
Setting: Indian Reservation in Spokane, Washington
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
Arnold is going to a school out side of his reservation. He lives on his reservation but people on the reservation hate him, because he decides to go to an all white school, and they see him as a traitor. The title explains that he is a part-time Indian because he is in his reservation at the time, but he also goes to an outside school.
"Traveling between Reardan and Wellpinit, between the little white town and the reservation, I always felt like a stranger. I was half Indian in one place and half in the other" (Alexie 118)
230 pages
Young Adult
Published in 2007

World Conflict: Native American Poverty
Reading this book made me realize that I should follow my dreams and ignore all the people around me have negative things to say.
The thumbprint represents finding your own identity. Arnold goes out to a new all white school right outside of his reservation, in order to find himself, he can't on his reservation, because his people keep him restrained.
Character: "Junior" Arnold Spirit
"You kept your hope and go somewhere where other people have hope" {...} "Where is Hope?' I asked . 'Who has hope?' 'Son, Mr.P' said. 'You're going to find more and more hope the farther and farther you walk away from this sad, sad, sad reservation."(Alexie 43)
Event: Arnold has to play against Wellpinit High School
"As we got off the bus and walked toward the gym, I could hear the crowd going crazy inside. They were chanting something. I couldn't make it out . And Then I could. The rez basketball fans were chanting, 'Ar-nold sucks! Ar-nold sucks!' They weren't calling me by my rez name, Junior. Nope they were calling my by my Rearden name"(Alexie 143).
American Indian and Alaska Native population in Washington; 103,869
One in every four (25.3 percent) lives in poverty and nearly a third (29.9 percent) are without health insurance coverage

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