What themes does Arnold Junior Spirit reveal in the text The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian?

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In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, Junior reveals that hope is possible even in the face of adversity if one is willing to overcome obstacles and believe in oneself. Throughout the novel, the question of whether hope is possible on the reservation looms over the heads of the characters, particularly Junior. His math teacher, Mr. P, tells him that there is no hope on the reservation and that Junior should leave to find a better education for himself. Junior takes Mr. P's advice, with the consequence of losing his best friend Rowdy and being labeled a "traitor" by other Indians on the reservation. But even after Junior leaves the reservation to attend Reardan, he remarks while sitting high up on a hill that the reservation is the most beautiful place that he has ever seen, and he feels a bond with the land and the place. So, Junior has hope that he will be able to find opportunities but still be a part of life on the reservation. Junior reveals that hope on the reservation is possible because he is willing to fight for it.

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