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What are some places important to the story in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie?

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There are three major places of importance in the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. The first place that is important to understanding the story is the Rez, or the Indian reservation where the protagonist Junior and many of the main characters live. This is a place which is essential to the story, because it symbolizes the struggle of Junior's tribe but also of Native Americans in general, as they work to find a place to fit in in a country which has attempted to cast them aside to make it easier to ignore them. Junior, the main character, is very aware of this fact, and thus views the Rez as both a blessing and a curse. He sees it as a place which prevents him from finding a better life and a better opportunity for happiness. In Chapter 2, on page 13, Arnold says, "But we reservation Indians don't get to realize our dreams. We don't get those chances. Or choices. We're just poor. That's all we are."

However, he also sees the Rez as a place where he...

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