How does Grandma Spirit die?

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In Chapter 22 of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the main character, Junior believes his grandmother is a well known and well liked member of the Spokane tribe and across the country.  Junior believes that she is one of the best people in the world because of her tolerance.  He blames the white people for the Native American’s loss of tolerance "ever since white people showed up...Indians have gradually lost all of their tolerance...(they) can be just as judgmental and hateful as any white person."


Grandmother death is ironic.  Unlike many of their tribe, she had never tasted alcohol. As someone who loved life and wanted to live it to the fullest, she believed that drinking dulled their senses.  Junior thinks about this after a drunk driver kills her.  Ever tolerant, before dying, she tells her doctors to forgive her murderer.


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