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On his reservation, the main character is known as Junior. But when he switches to...

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Xhesida | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 25, 2013 at 2:44 AM via web

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On his reservation, the main character is known as Junior. But when he switches to a new high school, Reardan, people call him by his formal name, Arnold. "I felt like two different people inside one body," he says. Do you think Junior/ Arnold was just talking about his name? Or did he feel split in other ways, too? Explain

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StephanieRR | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted September 24, 2013 at 11:00 PM (Answer #1)

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The entire novel explores this feeling of duality in Junior. He has his reservation life, and then he has his Reardan life. Rowdy is  his best friend when he lives on the reservation, but when he decides to attend the white school Rowdy calls him a traitor and vows never to speak to him again. Junior feels like an outcast at the reservation because people call him an apple, white on the inside and red on the outside. He feels like an outcast at Reardan, too, where the only other Native American present is the mascot. Reardan and the reservation are two different worlds with different sets of rules, so Junior tries to fit into each world by acting accordingly, which makes him feel like two diferent people.

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