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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie
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What are some character traits of Junior in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian?  

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Junior is a very bright boy. He is not challenged by the work at the school on the reservation, and he decides to attend a school that has more resources because it is in a white town off the reservation. In addition, Junior is very thoughtful and understands people well. He is a good observer and knows that his parents' lives haven't been easy. He understands the way in which their dreams have been unrealized and also recognizes that they have unmet goals. He comes to understand Penelope, a white girl who comes from a very different background than he does. He recognizes that she is suffering with bulimia and that she has her own problems, though she is far more privileged than he is. He is a sympathetic and thoughtful observer of other people.

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In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, the narrator and protagonist Junior is a 14-year-old boy living on the Spokane Indian Reservation.  He is a smart kid who loves school, and as the novel progresses, readers learn that he sees his education as a means of opportunity to get a better life for himself.  He is determined to succeed, so he decides to go off the reservation to a white school called Reardan to get a better education.  Junior's decision shows his bravery:  at home on the rez, he faces other Indians who feel that he has betrayed them by going to a white school, and at Reardan, Junior faces discrimination and taunting from white students.  Junior gets support from his parents, and this trait has trickled down to Junior as well--he is supportive of his family and his best friend Rowdy.  Later, Junior meets friends at Reardan like Penelope, and he is supportive of her efforts to beat her problem with bulimia.  So, these are some of Junior's character traits.

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