Was it best for Junior to attend Reardan in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian?  

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By attending Reardan, Junior gains the confidence needed to break away from his family's legacy of alcohol abuse. Sadly, Junior may have gotten stuck in that cycle if he would have stayed at the school on the Reservation. This enlightens the readers regarding the major inequities in education and the struggles of many young American Indians to hold on to their heritage. Even though it was the best choice for Junior, it wasn't easy for him to go to Reardan. He was ostracized by his friends, even his best friend Rowdy, and community members on the Reservation for making this choice. He had to endure taunts, name calling, and physical abuse at his basketball games, as well as other places on the Reservation. However, Junior found his place at Reardan. He made friends, felt successful in school, and felt like he had an "escape" from the realities of life on the Reservation.

In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, Sherman Alexie is trying to show the trade-offs experienced by Native...

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