Part Time Indian

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  • EXAMPLE 1
  • GEOMETRY
  • "My school and my tribe are so poor and sad that we have to study from the same dang books our parents studied from. That is absolutely saddest thing in the world" (Alexie, 31).
  • EXAMPLE 2
  • I don't know if anybody else has ever climbed that tree. I look at it now, years later, and I can't believe we did it. And I can't believe I survived my first year at Reardan.
  • EXAMPLE 3
  • "You can do it." "I can do it." (Alexie,189)
  • In this scene Arnold realizes his school is still teaching and using the same methods that they taught his mother 30 years ago which crushes his hopes and dreams of having good education. He then realizes his only chance of achieving his goals would be leaving the Rez.
  • Arnold has done many things in his life which he never imagined himself doing. Climbed the tree at Turtle Lake, left the Rez and switched to an all white school. This tree is important to him because it stands as a symbol of something he never thought he could do but accomplished anyways.
  • THEME
  • In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian an important lesson is that hopes and dreams can lead to perseverance and determination in acheiving life goals.
  • In this scene Arnold learns to believe in himself because someone finally started to have faith in him. Those 4 words, "You can do it" were some of the most important words in the world to Arnold. They pushed him to succeed in basketball and do amazing things.
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