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What are some conflicts in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

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ihateschool123 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 12, 2009 at 6:11 AM via web

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What are some conflicts in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 13, 2009 at 8:39 AM (Answer #1)

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I love this book!

The main character Junior goes through both internal and external conflict:

INTERNAL CONFLICTS occur when a character is arguing with him/herself over some sort moral or ethical dilemma. It's that "should I, or shouldn't I?" debate that we all encounter when facing tough decisions.

  • should he stay on the reservation and not get the best education available, or should he go to the "white" school and betray his Indian family/friends so that he can have the best?
  • should he continue the argument with Rowdy and hold a grudge or should he let it go so that he can have his best friend back?
  • should Junior stay true to his past and his history, or should he try to be more like his new white friends so that he can fit in better?

EXTERNAL CONFLICTS occur when a character battles any outside force. The primary type of external conflict in this novel is human vs. human.

  • the scene where Junior fights off the bully on one of his first few days at his new school.
  • when Rowdy tries to punch Junior
  • when the other people on the reservation pick on Junior

 

 

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