"But the little warrior in me roared to life that day."
Point of View
The school setting in the story provides the conflict. This is because the setting is centered around the protagonist's education setting. The text states, "In the third grade, though, I stood alone in the corner, faced the wall, and waited for the punishment to end." The school arises conflicts centering his classmates and the people around him which drives the story forward.
Junior Polatkin is a dynamic, round, and protagonist character of the story. Because the community treats Junior unfairly due to being Native American, Junior changes from accepting it to standing up for himself. On top of that he develops multiple traits.
The story is told in first person perspective. The main character speaks his thoughts and feelings throughout the story. "I chanted its a good day to die, its a good day to die, all the way down to the principle's office."
There are many conflicts in the story "Indian Education", but one of the main ones in the story is when junior got bullied in the beginning of the story. An example of that is "the other Indian boys chased me from the corner of the playground to the other. They pushed me down, buried me in the snow until i couldn't breathe..". This quote obviously demonstrates conflict because of the boys bullying him.
"the other Indian boys chased me from the corner of the playground to the other. They pushed me down, buried me in the snow until i couldn't breathe..."
The climax of the story is when Wally Jim crashed into a tree and killed himself. " When we look in the mirror, see the history of our tribe in our eyes, taste failure in the tap water, and shake with old tears, we understand completely"
The theme of the story is that no matter what life throws at someone, they can come out on top. This is shown throughout the story through the protagonist and what he experiences. All throughout the story Junior experiences unfortunate things, but in the end his situation completely changes. The text states, "I walk down the aisle, valedictorian of this farm town high school" and, "the school-board chairman recites my awards and accomplishments, and scholarships." This shows all he worked for despite his situation.