14 December 2017
The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely The True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, written by Sherman Alexie
is a novel that tells the story of Arnold Spirit Jr. Arnold is a Native American boy, born
with problems in his brain that change the way he looks. Arnold faces many problems
and bad times in his life. He has big dreams, goals and self-confidence that lead him to
success. There are many people that influence Arnold’s identity and the way he takes
his decisions. Although, Mr. P and his grandmother are the most important influences
on his personality. Mr. P influenced him to leave the sad and poverty stricken
reservation while his grandmother gave gave him more hope of achieving big things.
An important factor that influences Arnold is his conversation with Mr. P from
which he is convinced about leaving the reservation to be successful. A few days before
this happened, Arnold throws his new geometry book at Mr. P’s face because of his
disappointment after looking at his first geometry book which was about thirty years old.
As a result, Arnold was suspended from school for a week. During his suspension, Mr.
P goes to Arnold’s house to have a talk with him. Mr. P tells Arnold that he is the only
one with hope on the reservation but he will have to leave the reservation to fulfil his
hopes and dreams. He says, “You are going to find more and more hope the farther and
farther you walk away from this sad, sad, sad reservation” ( Alexie 43 ). This qu...