The Abosolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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  • Arnold/ Junior Spirit 
  • Oscar 
  • Dad 
  • Arnold/ Junior Spirit is the main character and the narrator. He's very insecure person but he makes jokes about it to make it less negative. He's a quite and shy person. He was always bullied growing up. He like to draw because it's his way of expressing his emotions. A quote to support my statement is "I draw because words are too unpredictable. I draw because words are too limited." (5) He's significant because he gives us a view of how being a native american child affects their life.
  • Rowdy 
  • Oscar is Arnold's best friend. Arnold was watching his dad shoot Oscar because he was suffering. Oscar is significant because of his death, Arnold says " I can't blame my parents for our poverty because my other and father are the twin sun around which I orbit and my world would explode with them." (11) This quote is significant because life on reservation is hopeless.
  • Mary 
  • Dad is significant because he given up his dream since his surrounding was telling him that being an Indian means you can't dream. "Because we reservation Indians don't get to realize our dreams. We don't get those chances. Or choices. W're just poor. That's all we are." (13)
  • Mr.P 
  • Rowdy is Arnold only human best friend. He is significant because he's a character that has given up his hope because he's surrounded by domestic abuse and alcoholism. A quote to support that is " His father is drinking hard and throwing hard punches, so Rowdy and his mother are always walking around with bruises and bloody faces." (16)
  • Many is Arnold's sister and after graduating she's given up her dream. She is significant because it shows how living in a reservation makes life more hopeless "Had she been hanging on to her dream of being writer, but only barely hanging on, and something made her go ?" (39) 
  • Mr. P is significant because he pushes Jr. to go for more than just his hope. He wants Jr. to leave the reservation and start a better life. " You're going to find more and more hope the farther and farther you walking away from this sad, sad, reservation." (43)
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