Ms. Pereira P.1
August 2, 2013
Junior is the main character and the narrator of the novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie. At the beginning of the novel Junior introduces himself as a guy born with a brain damage, 42 teeth, and very big feet (shoe size 12 in the third grade). He has large hands, an epic skull and a very skinny body. “With my big feet and pencil body, I looked like a capital L walking down the road“ (p.12, II.28-29).
Arnold starts The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian feeling like the reservation outcast, but once he transfers to the fancy white school in Reardan, he becomes a basketball star who gets carried around on people's shoulders. But, the one major push that made him become less of an outcast, was his grandmother; she was the one who told him, “you have to get going.” Then the extra confidence booster was that he punched the toughest guys in the school. Meanwhile, he gets to date the hottest girl in the school. Later on he becomes best friends with the smart guy. Arnold learns to see himself not simply as Junior the Indian or Arnold the traitor, but as someone who belongs to many different tribes. You can say he is a multi-tribal kind of guy. In the end, Junior and Rowdy reunite during a basketball, discussing who Junior is as a person, nomad.
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