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How does Junior's personality develop or change over the course of the novel?

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Arnold/Junior changes in a variety of ways throughout the book, and that makes him a dynamic character. His opinions about people change a great deal. Readers should look to how his relationship with Rowdy changes throughout the book; however, Junior's biggest change is how he sees himself. At the beginning of the novel, Junior doesn't see himself in much of a positive light at all. He sees himself as a kid with brain issues. He sees himself as brown, not white, and therefore hopeless.

"Come on, I said. "Who has the most hope?"

"White people," my parents said at the same time.

Junior also sees himself as poor, and as a consequence, he sees himself as stupid and ugly.

It sucks to be poor, and it sucks to feel that you somehow deserve to be poor. You start believing that you're poor because you're stupid and ugly. And then you start believing that you're stupid and ugly because you're Indian. And because you're Indian you start believing you're destined to be poor. It's an ugly circle and...

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