Part time indian theme statement
Example 1 (Hope against hope)
"You fought off all the drunks and drug addicts. you kept your hope. And now, you have to take your hope and go somewhere where other people have hope."(45)
Example 2 (Hopes, Dreams, and Plans)
Example 3 (In like a Lion)
You can do it.
Alexie illustrates this theme in a scene where Mr. P ( Arnolds math teacher) comes to his house and explains how important Arnold's talent in learning and absorbing information is. Also that Arnold will have to leave the reservation if he ever wants to make something of himself. These words give Arnold hope as he starts to attend a rich white school called Reardan. At school he dreams to become something more then just what the reservation expects him to be.
As the story goes on Alexie delves deeper into this theme as he explains how Arnold's parents although poor; had dreams to become extraordinary people. However due to having nobody to push them to what they could become their hope slowly crumpled and dissipated. Without strong influences to push them to what they wanted to achieve, Arnolds parents were left in the dust of poverty and alcohol abuse.
The last scene takes place right before a big game with Reardan vs the reservation. Arnold starts to get nervous about meeting Rowdy on the opposing team. Arnold's basketball coach sits down and encourages him with words such as "You can do it" These words inspire Arnold to go out and conquer the court with all he has. Having his coach there by his side allowed Arnold to grasp the hope that he could win.
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