The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

In the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the author writes about the problems of a native american who wants to leave the reservation. In page 217 in the book, it says

“I realized that I might be a lonely Indian boy, but I was not alone in my loneliness. There were millions of other Americans who had left their birthplaces in search of a dream”

This expresses the theme in the book, which is alienation and hope. alienation because you feel alone, but hope because you have the opportunity of finding something new.

The setting takes place in America at an Indian reservation. The main character describes it as beautiful.

“The reservation is beautiful. I mean it. Take a look. There are pine trees everywhere. Thousands of ponderosa pine trees. Millions. I guess i maybe take pine trees for granted.”

This is where Arnold, the main character, and his family lives. He is happy, but wants to go to another school outside of the reservation.

Arnold has a problem, because he doesn’t want to spend his entire life on the reservation, he wants to get away and knows that the only way he can do that is if he goes to Reardan. Reardan is a school for the white townspeople which lives nearby.

“I realized that I might be a lonely Indian boy, but I was not alone in my loneliness. There were millions of other Americans who had left their birthplaces in search of a dream”

The quote above fits the plot as well as the theme because Arnold leaves his birthplace to search for a dream.

Arnold changes a lot during the book, and suddenly becomes one of the best players at the basketball team.

“”We have Arnold Spirit,” Coach said.”

At the start of the book, Arnold is weak and everyone pick on him easy and he’s scared of going to Reardan, but later in the book he gets more confident which you can tell from how he was at the basketball game.

I thought the book was great. It was fun and easy to read, and good explaining pictures so you could get a bigger picture of what you were reading. It was an interesting book with facts that i didn’t know about before.

 

 

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