Summary Of The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian By Sherman Alexie

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In Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the author emphasizes Junior’s misfit in Reardan by giving examples of Junior being very unused to seeing white students through descriptions of their skin, the differences of him and the rest of the school, and his poverty level. As he first arrived at Reardan, Junior is very uncomfortable to see white students which is evident through his unnatural description of their skin. Sherman Alexie here uses the simile “I could see the blue veins running through their skin like rivers” (56) to describe the white children’s skin color even more by comparing their veins to rivers. This simile is used so Sherman Alexie could describe how blue their veins were. Also, Junior is very …show more content…
Indians don’t deserve sh*t” (56). From when he was born to the moment before he decided to go to Reardan, Indians didn’t ever go to college. They would live their lives in poverty and their kids will also live in poverty. They don’t have money to get fancy things, and they would never get a good education which is why Junior wants to go to Reardan, but because of this poverty, he notices a huge difference of his belongings and the other white children’s belongings. On the picture on page 57, the white side is wearing clothes from designers, like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, while the Indian side is wearing clothes from places like Kmart and Sears. The white side also has fancy accessories, like a Timex watch, the latest Air Jordans, and an ergonomic backpack with a cell phone while the Indian side doesn’t even wear a watch, has shoes purchased from safeway and a garbage bag as a book bag. Through this, Sherman Alexie points out that not only Junior feels left out by not only his skin color, but also his poverty level, which contributes to the feeling that Junior doesn’t belong there. Sherman Alexie describes Junior’s misfit status through highlighting things like his skin color and his