What are examples of characters being committed to justice in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian?
1 Answer | Add Yours
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.
Join to answer this question
Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.Join eNotes