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The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian: Junior’s World In Cartoons

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Being confused with his identity and his value in life, what is high schooler to do? Junior, also know as Arnold Spirit, lives his life wondering what is hope and what it feels like to be important. His crazy life between the reservation he lives in and going to a “white” school named Rearden makes him in the middle of an identity crisis. In the novel , The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, the protagonist tries to understand the meaning of life. Junior is able to create meaningful pictures that help him feel optimistic in situations, convey his thoughts and make him feel important.

Junior draws cartoons to regain his hope in dire situations. Junior says, “I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats” (pg 5). In this statement, Junior is talking about how he maintains hope in the crazy life he leads. It conveys to readers how Junior feels optimistic about changing the world around him with his drawings. In addition, Junior also says, “I draw because I feel like it might be my only chance at leaving the reservation,” (pg 5). Junior feels that drawing is his only chance to leave the bad things behind and to look forward to better, greater experiences. He uses his cartoons as a way to express his need to be free from the reservation. An example of that is when Junior draws a picture of himself in tears inside a ring of people around him, (pg 160). That demonstrates how he uses his cartoons to release his feelings and that can make him feel better about his crazy life. His art recalls that he is able to let go of the catastrophic situations that surround him. Situations such as being involved in an epidemic of drunks and again facing an identity crisis.
Junior creates his cartoons to convey his feelings to everyone around him. In the novel, Junior recalls that he draws cartoons to “talk to the world” (pg 5). Here,...

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