Part Time Indian Hope

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Without hope, no one person would be able to achieve their dreams. And without dreams, it is hard to look forward to the future, and it is extremely important to have hopes and dreams. The book The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is all about hope. The book proves just how important it is to have hope, and that without it, life wouldn’t be as great as it could be. The main character, Arnold, is a representation of the word hope, and how it can be completely present and completely nonexistent in life. At the beginning of the book, Arnold struggles with finding his identity and a purpose, especially because of the poverty within his family and his community. Arnold is also isolated in his own community and bullied at his school. But by the end of the book, Arnold is a completely changed…show more content…
We don't get those chances. Or choices. We're just poor. That's all we are.” (Alexie 13) Moore 2 When Arnold said this, he was describing how the poverty that his family is experiencing is stopping him from hoping for a better life. He believes that because his family does not have money, he is not ever going to be able to achieve his dreams. Arnold reiterates his hopelessness for the future when he says, “My school and my tribe are so poor and sad that we have to study from the same dang books our parents studied from. That is absolutely saddest thing in the world. And let me tell you, that old, old, old decrepit geometry book hit my heart with the force of a nuclear bomb. My hopes and dreams floated up in a mushroom cloud. What do you do when the world has declared nuclear war on you?” (31) Arnold uses the word “sad” when describing how he must use the same textbooks his parents used. The word “sad” not only describes the textbook use, but also his feelings about his hope for his future. The textbooks are only just a reminder to him of why his future looks
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