In this part of the novel Junior suffers from a character versus self conflict, when he is debating on going to Reardan and "betraying" his race and causing everyone to hate him or staying in the rez and being worthless. "Jeez, it was a lot of pressure to put on a kid. I was carrying the burden of my race, you know? I was going to get a bad back from it"(Alexie 43).
what should I do?
I don't know, what should I do.
This represents a character versus character conflict. Rowdy was very upset at the fact that Junior was leaving him and going to a different school, so he decided to punch him and stop being his friend. "But I had to stand eventually, and when I did, I knew that my best friend had become my worst enemy"(Alexie 53).
I hate you!
Rowdy, I'm sorry.
This is another example of a character versus character conflict. Junior decided to punch Roger because he felt like he had to so they wouldn't think they could bully him around and disrespect his culture. "I couldn't let them get away with that shit"(Alexie 65). It also was a character versus society conflict. Junior felt pressured into fighting Roger because that is what he was raised around. "I struck some fake karate pose because I figured Roger's gang was going to attack me for bloodying their leader"(Alexie 65).