How do Arnold’s views of the reservation, and his own life, differ? What has caused these differences? What is Alexie trying to show the reader through these differences?
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I believe Alexie is trying to demonstrate something about identities and how the white and red differ. Life on the reservation includes violence and abuse of alcohol and laziness. It feels unfair. But life in the white world feels like people are judgmental. Neither of these are productive to promoting human dignity. I believe Alexie is a big believer in dignity and integrity. He believes in doing the best you can with what you have. He believes in not hurting others to get your own way. By pointing out how these different negatives of each society hurt Arnold, it leaves the reader with the sense that maybe it is time to find some of those negatives in our own lives and repair them. There is no need to hurt others or one's self.
Sorry, I didnt post the full question because it was to many characters but here is the full question:
Junior describes the reservation as “located approximately one million miles north of Important and two billion miles west of Happy.” On the other hand when he and Rowdy look down from the top of an immense pine tree he says, “We could see our entire world. And our entire world, at that moment, was green and golden and perfect.” How do Arnold’s views of the reservation, and his own life, differ? What has caused these differences? What is Alexie trying to show the reader through these differences?
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