In essence, Alexie reveals hope can break the barriers of race inspiring others to rise above the expected in cultures of minority.
The author Sherman Alexie illustrates a theme of hope early on in the story when the narrator's parents allow him to go to the nicer "White people" school "Reardan" which has higher affluence and success rates along with nicer folks than the school the narrator currently attended. In essence, Arnolds parents wanted Arnold to make a difference. They wanted him to show the reservation that an Indian can go to a white school.
In addition, Alexie proves a reoccuring theme of maintaining hope as Arnold does not resort to getting drunk to deal with the repeated deaths of loved ones even when all others have lost it and resort to alcoholism to cope.
Lastly, Alexie wants us to realize through Arnolds Grandmother; that even if you have indian family and friends, you can still have friends of other races and religions. Some might say Arnolds grandmother was a phenomenal example of this. She traveled nomadically and met everyone she could while attending national Pow wows no matter what race or religion they belonged to .
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