The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Junior/Arnold learns about identity through his past and his desires for his future. The struggles that define that journey help him learn about who that person is.
"I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats" (Alexie 6).
"'I want to go to Reardan,' I said. Reardan is the rich, white farm town that sits in the wheat fields exactly twenty-two miles away from the rez. And it's a hick town...filled with...racist cops who stop every Indian that drives through" (Alexie 45).
"The Rez basketball fans were chanting, 'Ar-nold sucks! Ar-nold sucks!' They weren't calling me by my rez name, Junior. Nope, they were calling me by my Reardan name" (Alexie 143).
"I mean, the thing is, plenty of Indians have died because they were drunk. And plenty of drunken Indians have killed other drunken Indians. But my grandmother had never drunk alcohol in her life...Well, my grandmother has left this world and she's now roaming around the afterlife" (Alexie 158).
"Even in midair, I could see the absolute shock on Rowdy's face. He couldn't believe I was flying with him. He thought he was the only Indian superman. I came down with the ball, spun, and dribbled back toward our hoop. Rowdy, screaming with rage, was close behind me" (Alexie 192).
"I always knew you were going to leave...you're an old-time nomad...You're going to keep moving all over the world in search of food and water and grazing land. That's pretty cool...Just make sure you send me post-cards, you asshole" (Alexie 229).
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