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  • "Rowdy's dad took the cartoon and stared at it for a while. Then he smirked. You're kind of gay, aren't you? he asked."
  • "You're kind of gay, aren't you?"
  • "Way drunk, Eugene was shot and killed by one of his good friends, Bobby, who was too drunk to even remember pulling the trigger."
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  • "OF COURSE THEY HAD A BIG PARTY! OF COURSE THEY WERE DRUNK! THEY'RE INDIANS! "And your sister and her husband passed out in the back bedroom."
  • Rowdy's dad is cruel for saying this to Arnold's face, when it is an untrue statement. He is disrespecting Arnold, and making him feel contempt. The cartoon made Rowdy's dad feel like he was noting leading up to the Indian ways, especially after he moved schools. Drinking has came from their ancestors, from watching them drink when they were little, and now they have to follow.
  • Alcoholism Alexie illustrates alcoholism can be adapted to and change others' perspectives, affecting their cultural principles.
  • During this scene Bobby is very murderous for killing his best friend, Eugene didn't deserve to die. This made other Indians on the reservations feel betrayed because alcohol connects them to god and also helps them avoid their problems, and god doesn't want people to suffer for no reason.
  • The drunk person that left the plate on the burner was ignorant. Arnold's sister and her husband didn't deserve to die that young. Others now think probably that Indians drink to die, when really they drink to get closer to god. Drinking is what makes them happy, and at home.
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