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In Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, describe Junior's society.

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 20, 2010 at 4:14 AM (Answer #1)

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In Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, Junior’s society is contained on the Spokane Indian Reservation.  Junior lives with his parents and sister Mary and claims his one best friend is Rowdy, the toughest kid on the “rez.”  Junior witnesses many negative aspects of life on the reservation such as poor quality education, physical abuse, and alcohol abuse, and these factors motivate him to want to branch out from this society and attend school in another district, Reardon.  Junior, however, does not want to completely abandon the reservation because he recognizes the many positive aspects of living there:  the beauty of nature, the spiritual beliefs, and the importance of family.  Therefore, Junior’s society influences him to consider himself a “part-time Indian.”

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