The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian

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Arnold is a young American-Indian boy growing up on a Spokane Indian reservation that has trouble with finding himself, while discovering that the abuse of alcohol is more important than an education. The main theme of the story is self-acceptance, which is exactly what Junior is searching for throughout the story. Within the novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie, Arnold is in search for acceptance from others. Specifically his best friend Rowdy. As well as satisfaction with himself, which he ultimately finds. The theme of self-acceptance creates a tragic and humorous tone, displaying an unfortunate series of events seen from the eyes of a high school freshman and how he uses them to launch himself out of the reservation the main symbol of hopelessness and…show more content…
Arnold Spirit is the main character as well as the narrator of the story, he tells the reader about his transition between his reservation high school and a more prestigious high school about twenty miles away that is known for its college attending white students. The first thing that Arnold tells us is that he was born with “water on the brain” (1). This means that he is hydrocephalic; he is at risk for brain damage. Arnold is picked on more by other kids on the reservation due to the fact he is different and it has to do with his condition. This makes the reader feel remorseful for Arnold, reason being that he is such a nice and witty character. Another fact that is found out about Arnold is that he is an artist. He draws cartoons and they usually relate to whatever situation he is going through. This talent shows that Arnold
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