Alexie uses a racial slur (the “n” word) and strong language (the “f” word) on page 64. He repeated the words in a talk at an Illinois high school, and some students walked out. Alexie apologized to anyone he
offended but stood by his use of the words on his novel “because that was what was said. And to blunt the hatred of that insult blunts the incredible obstacles my character had to face.” Do you agree with Alexie that in order to make his point, he had to use words that would offend some people? How do
these words relate to the rest of the novel?
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