The Diary Goes On Essay

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“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie is an in-depth look at what it is like to be an American-Indian in today’s society. Arnold Spirit, Jr. is a young boy that defies all odds of being in a hopeless situation, to creating a path for his own success. He was born with fluid in his brain, hydrocephalus, which causes many health related issues. He was left skinny, less teeth than normal, oversized hands and feet, seizures, and other issues. He is picked on quite a bit on the rez and it took a dead end teacher to open up his eyes a little bit to see what needs to be done so he doesn’t end up like his ancestors.
Native Americans get many bad stereotypes. Some being ...view middle of the document...

Obviously there are many parts that the average kid in a South Dakota School can relate to but for the most part, a lot of the problems he had were problems that almost every boy has.
There have been very few instances of book actually affecting somebody’s personality and causing a bad thing to be done. In all of those cases the person doing the evil deed was at the same time booked into the looney bin because they were considered unfit for society. This book has no underlying meanings at all either. It is very straight forward. Mark Chapman supposedly killed John Lennon because of the book “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. He fantasized about being the protagonist in the story. Even today Chapman says he didn’t actually kill him because of the book anymore. He just did it because John Lennon was “Too Famous”. There is literally nothing in his book that could be taken in a way that could cause any serious change in one’s lifestyle. If anything, it could maybe make a positive change.
Another reason this book shouldn’t...

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