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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Mind Map
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Forging His Own Path
OVERVIEW & SYMBOLS
Arnold Spirit Jr., or "Junior" to his family, wants to escape his American Indian tribal reservation and become a cartoonist. He enrolls in a new school with confusing rules, where kids don't get in fistfights, have money to spare, and are all white. Rejected by American Indian friends and white classmates, nerdy Junior makes his own way.
Is home to family, powwows, poverty, and forgotten dreams
Represents the struggles of Junior's family and tribe
Represent competition and emphasize Junior's differences from others
Leaves his reservation home for the unknown at a white high school
Art & Books
Symbolize the expansion of Junior's life past expectations
Reardan High School
Is the setting for privilege, prejudice, and hope
Race & Assimilation
Junior tries to succeed without losing his heritage.
Family & Community
Junior's family endures change and loss but stays together.
Violence & Masculinity
Men prove themselves through action and fights.
On the reservation, people struggle to make a living.
Alexie wears many hats: poet, performer, filmmaker, and award-winning novelist. He grew up, like Junior, a lonely kid on Washington's Spokane Indian Reservation. Alexie's work is known for irony, dark humor, formal innovation, and honest portrayals of American Indian life.
Heavy drinker; loving and creative
Smart, aimless teenager