In the case of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”, Junior lives in a world defined by the effects of postcolonialism. The white society that colonized. Dr. Marion Gymnich Winter semester /15 Representations of Life on the Reservation in Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian . Read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian PDF Ebook by Sherman Alexie. Little, ePUB BT2O8TW, ronaldweinland.info .PDF).
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database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission the publisher. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. The Black-Eye-of-the-Month Club . The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian is a coming-of-age story written in first person narrative from the perspective of fourteen-year-old Arnold Spirit Jr. Uploaded by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie - Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other.
All rights reserv ed. Except as per mitted under the Copyright Act of U. An and not int titio l identa coinc. I was born with water on the brain. Okay, so thats not exactly true.
I was actually born with too much cerebral spinal fluid inside my skull.
But cerebral spinal fluid is just the doctors' fancy way of saying brain grease. And brain grease works inside the lobes like car grease works inside an engine. It keeps things running smooth and fast.
But weirdo me, I was born with too much grease inside my skull, and it got all thick and muddy and disgusting, and it only mucked up the works. My thinking and breathing and living engine slowed down and flooded.
My brain was drowning in grease. But that makes the whole thing sound weirdo and funny, like my brain was a giant French fry, so it seems more serious and poetic and accurate to say, "I was born with water on the brain. Maybe the whole thing is weird and funny.
But, jeez, did my mother and father and big sister and grandma and cousins and aunts and uncles think it was funny when the doctors cut open my little skull and sucked out all that extra water with some tiny vacuum?
I was only six months old and I was supposed to croak during the surgery. And even if I somehow survived the mini-Hoover, I was supposed to suffer serious brain damage during the procedure and live the rest of my life as a vegetable.
Well, I obviously survived the surgery. I wouldn't be writing this if I didn't, but I have all sorts of physical problems that are directly the result of my brain damage. First of all, I ended up having forty-two teeth. The typical human has thirty-two, right? But I had forty-two. Ten more than usual. Ten more than normal. Ten teeth past human.
My teeth got so crowded that I could barely close my mouth. I went to Indian Health Service to get some teeth pulled so I could eat normally, not like some slobbering vulture.
But the Indian Health Service funded major dental work only once a year, so I had to have all ten extra teeth pulled in one day. And what's more, our white dentist believed that Indians felt only half as much pain as white people did, so he gave us only half the Novocain. What a bastard, huh? Indian Health Service also funded eyeglass downloads only once a year and offered one style: those ugly, thick, black plastic ones. My brain damage left me nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other, so my ugly glasses were all lopsided because my eyes were so lopsided.
I got headaches because my eyes were, like, enemies, you know, like they used to be married to each other but then hated each other's guts. And I started wearing glasses when I was three, so I ran around the reservation the rez! P Junior's white geometry teacher at Wellpinit High School.
He mentored Mary, Junior's older sister, and wants to help Junior leave the reservation. P regrets the way he treated his students when he was younger.
He had been taught to beat the Indian out of the children. He is short and bald, and incredibly absent minded. He often forgets to come to school, but "he doesn't expect much of [his students]. P after a realization about the reservation's poverty. Rowdy Rowdy is Junior's best friend. He likes reading comics, such as Archie. The comics help him escape the troubles of the real world.
Junior and Rowdy have been the best of friends since they were little, and Rowdy has often taken on the role of Junior's protector. However, as Junior leaves the reservation school, Rowdy feels betrayed by his best friend and turns into Junior's "arch nemesis" during the novel. Mary Junior's sister. Mary has long hair and is nicknamed "Mary Runs Away". She likes to write romance stories and is considered by Junior to be "beautiful and strong and funny".
She was smart, but did not have the skills to get a job. Mary and her new husband die of a fire in their trailer-home after a partygoer forgot about a boiling pot of soup. A curtain drifted onto the hot plate and the trailer was quickly engulfed. Junior was told that Mary never woke up because she was too drunk.
Roger Roger is a jock at Reardan High School. Upon meeting Junior, Roger uses racial slurs to demean him, and eventually it gets so racist that Junior retaliates by punching him in the face.
Contrary to Junior's expectations, Roger then begins to respect Junior, and the two gradually become friends. Furthermore, Roger obtains a role as a kind of advisor and protector of Junior, occasionally helping him monetarily and other times with advice.
Gordy Gordy is a student who attends Reardan, wears glasses, and does everything in the name of science. Gordy always speaks in a sophisticated and proper manner throughout the novel. He is one of the smartest students at the school and he eventually becomes Junior's first real friend at Reardan.
Gordy also helps Junior with schoolwork and encourages his enjoyment of reading books. Penelope Junior's crush and good friend from Reardan High. She has blonde hair and Junior thinks that she is very attractive. She enjoys helping others, is bulimic , and has a racist father named Earl.
She is popular and plays on the Reardan volleyball team.
She is obsessed with leaving the small town behind and traveling the world. She initially decides to be close with Junior, fed up with the conformity of the town; but closer to the end of the novel, she does become Junior's girlfriend. Eugene The best friend of Junior's father. Eugene dies after his close friend Bobby shoots him in the face during a dispute over alcohol.
Bobby hangs himself in jail. But his best friend, the athletic and aggressive Rowdy , defends him. Junior is close with his mother, father, and sister, though they often experience upheaval and conflict.
For instance, Junior's father kills the sick family dog, Oscar, because they can't afford treatment. Junior is excited to begin his first year at the reservation high school. In his geometry class he realizes that he's using the exact same textbook his mother used years ago.
Infuriated by the school's poverty and lack of concern, Junior flings the book at his white teacher, Mr. Afterward, Mr. P visits Junior at home and urges him to leave the reservation to find hope. Junior tells his parents he'd like to attend Reardan High, a high-achieving school in a wealthy white neighborhood.
His parents are shocked but supportive. Other Native Americans in the reservation turn on Junior and consider him a traitor.
Junior is devastated by the rejection of his close-knit community, and Rowdy's rejection hits him especially hard.