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cbizzler10 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM via web

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What are examples of characters being committed to justice in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian?

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

Posted July 14, 2011 at 4:58 AM (Answer #1)

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In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, Junior's math teacher Mr. P may be seen as one who commits himself to justice.  When Junior gets Mr. P as his geometry teacher, Junior ends up being very angry because Mr. P inadvertently gives him the same book that Junior's mother had at the school nearly 30 years ago.  Junior throws the book at Mr. P because the school obviously does not care much about the poor quality education that the students receive.  Although he has gone along with the system for a long time, Mr. P comes to the realization that the reservation is short-changing the students and that it is not offering them a good education.  Mr. P goes to Junior's house to apologize for his role in the failing system, and he encourages Junior to reach beyond the reservation to follow his dreams.  Mr. P tells Junior that he will only receive any real opportunities if he leaves the "rez."  In this way, Mr. P commits himself to justice--he admits that he has been wrong for working in the system and gives Junior way out.  Mr. P believes that this is the "just" thing to do.

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