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What is the most important lesson that Junior learns during the course of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

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This question is a subjective one because each person's perspective will shape what they find to be "most important." I've read this novel multiple times teaching it to ninth-grade classes, and the most important thing we, as a group, seem to notice is how Junior learns to trust himself and forge his own path.

At the beginning of the novel, Junior tells the reader about all of the physical and social issues he has had to overcome at such a young age. He makes it clear he does not fit in with anyone except his grandmother, Eugene, and Rowdy. These trials and tribulations cause Junior to want more from his life. He makes a difficult choice to leave the Rez and try for a better education at Reardon, a white school over 20 miles away. This choice causes him to suffer even more problems than before.

However, this choice changes his life for the better, and it gives Junior the strength to keep making choices that benefit himself and his future. By the end of the novel, he finds that sticking...

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