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The Absolute True Diary Of A Part Time Indian Analysis

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Christina Guerra Guerra 1Professor Judith FourzanChildren's Literature-English 3305October 13, 20124Guerra 2The True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman AlexieThe True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a very powerful book. I found myself getting very emotional reading this novel because of what Junior, the main character had to go through. Junior Spirit, in The Absolute True Diary of a Part -Time Indian by Sherman Alexie has a hard time accepting who he really is because of all the racism he experiences when he attends Reardan High School. Of course there were other factors, alcohol being the main one, he was still unable to accept whom he really was because of the way people judged him. With Junior being the only Indian at Reardan High School, he also had a lot of physical problems, he stuttered, had a skinny body, a big head, and he had an excess of cerebrospinal fluid in his skull. Besides his health problems, he had to deal with microaggressions and trying to attain some kind of social status. According to Yosso, she states, "Probably the most grievous of offensive mechanisms spewed at victims of racism and sexism are microaggressions. These are subtle, innocuous, preconscious, or unconscious degradations, and putdowns, often kinetic but capable of being verbal and/or kinetic."(Yosso 660)Junior, or Arnold grew up on a very poor reservation. His journey starts when he notices his mom's name in his textbook, becomes very angry, throws the book at Mr. P's head and gets suspended. During the suspension Mr. P goes to visit him and tells him to leave the school and the reservation because he had a lot of potential. That's when he transfers to Reardan High School, when he arrives he notices that he is the only Indian in the entire school. That's when you know that racism will play a key role in this characters life. The bad thing is that he's alone and doesn't have his best friend Rowdy to back him up. The racism in this novel is intense, but I believe the alcohol's role is a bit stronger. Both are high key and take a lot out of Junior's life. "Did you know that Indians are living proof that niggers fuck buffalo?" (Alexie 64) This is an example of Microinvalidations. According to Yosso, they are "remarks that diminish dismiss or negate the realities and histories of people of color." (Yosso 662) When someone hears a statement like that, they have this vision of themselves as being low grade, or barely even a person. This comment sticks with Junior because he later sees himself as this bum or someone who won't amount to anything. "At school today, I went dressed as a homeless dude. It was a pretty easy costume for me. There's not much difference between my good and bad clothes, so I pretty much look half-homeless anyway."(Alexie 77) This is an example of Microinsults. According to Yosso, they...

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