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blabla121 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted August 7, 2011 at 8:10 AM via web

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Define and discuss an ethical problem explored in the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.

Define and discuss an ethical problem explored in the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 7, 2011 at 11:12 AM (Answer #2)

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The issue of identity is one that brings about an ethical dilemma to Junior.  On one ends, Junior has a desire to want to leave the reservation.  He recognizes fully that living his life on the reservation will result in a predicament that is not going to help him find happiness in his life and result in a situation that will result a "dead end" in consciousness.  At the same time, his desire to want to leave the reservation compels him to feel that he is rejecting, in some part, his ethnic identity.  There is a torn sense of consciousness within Junior.  While he does like aspects of being with the White community in Reardon, he feels that such an experience is alienating, to a certain extent, that which he truly is.  At the basketball game between Reardon and Wellipnit, the Native American students turn their back on Junior, akin to this ethical dilemma that he faces.  In the end, the straddling of two worlds that are opposed to one another helps to create an ethical dilemma of what can be done and how it shall be pursued.  In its resolution, Junior is able to come to peace with both of them and fuse them as an interchangeable part of his complex identity and sense of being in the world.

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