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crazycaseyz | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM via web

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Junior's grandmother's funeral was on the football field to accommodate all the people who loved her.  Provide 3 examples of positive impact on Junior.

in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 13, 2011 at 11:38 AM (Answer #1)

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The influence of Junior's grandmother is something that has a profound impact on Junior.  On one level, Junior is amazed at how much love is shown towards his grandmother.  This is something that is significant to Junior because he recognizes the concept of love in regards to the Native American community for one of the first times in the novel.  The novel is one where Junior does not openly associate the concept of love with the Native American community and life on the reservation. Yet, in seeing the outpour of love for his grandmother who inspired it with her own actions is a reflection of this.  At the same time, Junior understands a critical element about his own sense of identity.  Junior sees that he does not need to be at odds with his identity as a Native American.  Junior recognizes that he can be at peace with who he is as a Native American because his grandmother was at peace with her concept of self as a Native American.  At a time when Junior is repudiating his concept of ethnic identity, he is awoken to the idea that he can be at peace with his Native American conception of self and that being a Native American is not something for which shame need to be evident.  In seeing the life his grandmother led and the impact it had on others at the funeral, it is one where he understands this concept of self.  Finally, her life ending at the hands of a drunk driver further consolidates Junior's view that alcoholism is a disease on social and personal levels that must be repudiated and rejected at all costs.

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