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Posted June 18, 2011 at 1:31 AM via web

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What is an example of Arnold being committed to justiice in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

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

Posted June 19, 2011 at 7:33 PM (Answer #1)

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Junior is committed to justice in several specific moments that reflect a larger element of his character that is bound to the precepts of social solidarity and compassion.  Consider his email to Rowdy after Reardan beats Wellpnit by 40 points.  Both his email and his overall feelings about how the kids from the White school will experience a fundamental different trajectory in their lives than the ones from the Native American school reflects how Junior believes in social justice.  At the same time, his acceptance of his father's love as limited, but present also reflects a sense of the juridical in Junior, as he recognizes that the ends of justice and fairness are not always perfect, but rather are merely existent.  His refusal to attend mourning services for his sister, who died of alcohol consumption, that will be heavily dominated by alcoholic consumption also reflects a passion of being committed to justice and what is right.  In the early phase of the novel, Junior' anger about learning from textbooks that were "old" and his defiant resistance against this represents justice and a sense of equality present.  The ending of the novel is another point where Junior's passion for justice is evident.  He asks Rowdy if the two of them will still know one another when they are old men, reflecting a sense and hope for permanence in a world that is transitory, at best.  This is something that helps to crystallize Junior's commitment to justice and fairness in a world that often denies such elements.

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