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What is the relationship between Rowdy and Arnold when he still goes to school on the...

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jay349 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 2, 2011 at 6:21 AM via web

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What is the relationship between Rowdy and Arnold when he still goes to school on the reservation?

Can you explain it to me, I'm really confused.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 2, 2011 at 8:37 AM (Answer #1)

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Rowdy and Junior(Arnold) are best friends, but at certain times this relationship is almost hidden. Perhaps this is why confusion has arisen for you. Rowdy is super tough. Junior is a completely awkward nerd. These two characters should not mix. Being best friends doesn't fit. But when no one is looking, Rowdy is totally capable of being as dorky as Junior and this is what makes their relationship thrive. Additionally, Rowdy will defend Junior at any opportunity he gets. In fact, it is almost as if Rowdy enjoys being violent, particularly on behalf of Junior. Many people try to bully Junior and this is part of where Rowdy gets opportunities to vent his frustrations on humanity.

Now, when Junior goes to the white school, their relationship changes forever as Rowdy feels slighted by Junior.

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