My reading of “The Absolutely true story about a part-time Indian”
The book written by Sherman Alexis combines humor and tragedy to tell a story of Arnold Spirit Jr, a 14-year-old Native American teenager, and the events in his life about pursuing his dreams. Identity and growing up are themes there’s discussed. Both this themes are quite important. Alexis wrote a kind of self-biography, and this gives this book a personal touch. Arnold is an ambitious man with many goals in life. And as a result of this, does he make new friends and contacts at the school Reardon. He escaped from the Rez at a young age, as a result of the hopeless school system. He developed and became a strong independent Indian man.
“But not you,” Mr. P said. “You can’t give up. You can’t give up. You won’t give up. You threw that book in my face because somewhere inside you refuse to give up.” I didn’t know what he was talking about. Or maybe I just didn’t want to know.
I like this passage for certain reasons. Junior had to fight for what he believed. Mr. P does not give up on him, and he helped him to make the right decision. You can’t give up what you believe, and this is quite important. The fact that junior threw that book in his face because he wanted a change, was so brave. Several part-time Indian didn’t stand up for they trusted and wanted, but Junior built his own destiny, and he stood up against the majority. This is something I admire him for.
At school today, I went dressed as a homeless dude. It was a pretty easy costume for me. There’s not much difference between my good and bad clothes, so I pretty much look half-homeless anyway”
In several ways, this passage of the book represents the theme. Junior is telling his love of his life that heis poor. As I wrote earlier, is the theme in this book indentty and about growing up. But Poornes is a important theme as well. And this passage is an example.