During the Easter holiday and today, I have read out the whole book about “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”. It was a really funny, sad and intelligent story. In this text will I discuss some quotes from the book and how they are important to the story.
I was reading about the Kentucky Fried Chicken at the beach in Cyprus while I could see KFC across the street.
“But we reservation Indians don´t get to realise our dreams. We don’t get those chances. Or choices. We`re just poor. That`s all we are.”
I think this quote by the main character Junior, says a lot about the theme in the book in several ways. The book is about how the Indians do not get chances and that Junior prove there is an opportunity to leave the rez to realise his dream. Nobody has ever left the rez, so it causes a lot of consequences for Junior in the beginning. The Indians think Junior means that the white people are better than them. They all start to ignore Junior, except his family.
The quote also mentions how poor all of the Indians just are. In the rez, there are only poor and hopeless Indians. Junior tells about how he sometimes misses a meal. But he does not tell that it is the worst thing of being poor. The worst thing according to Junior is to feel like you deserve to be poor because you are an Indian. But when he starts at Reardon the white people does not treat him like he deserves to be poor. When Penelope finds out Juniors poor, she gets really sad and want to help him.
“My school and my tribe are so poor and sad that we have to study from the same dang books our parents studied from. That is the absolutely saddest thing in the world.”
I think this describes the main setting in the story, which is that they live on a poor reservation. The quote is taken from when Junior has been given the textbook his mother studied from when she went to school. It describes how sadly poor the Indians is, and how Junior deserve to get the chance to realise his dream.
I found a lot of good quotes and thoughts in the book. I think the best quote for the plot is;
“The only thing you kids are being taught is how to give up. Your friend Rowdy, he’s given up. That’s why he likes to hurt people. He wants them to feel as bad as he does.”
The reason why I like this quote is because it says something about how all the Indians has given up life. The quote is maybe what leads to the turning point in the novel. It is what makes Junior leave the reservation and start at Reardon, where there only attend white people. It is Juniors teacher Mr. P, who tells this quote to Junior. Junior had thrown a book at Mr. P when he had realised the Indians were so poor that his school textbook had been used by his mother years ago when she went to school.
This again leads to the turning point in the story, where Mr. P says he deserved to be hit by that book because Junior does not deserve to be poor and attend to Wellpinit. The teacher tells him, he needs to leave the rez, before he gets stuck in the rez forever. Junior starts at Reardon, where there only attends white people. He is not giving up, which leads to success for Junior.
“I always knew you were going to leave. I always knew you were going to leave us behind and travel the world. I had this dream about you a few months ago. You were standing on the Great Wall of China. You looked happy. And I was happy.”
This is said by Rowdy when they finally become friends again, after their long “fight”. Rowdy tells Junior how he is the nomadic one of the Indians. Rowdy tells that nomadic means “people who move around, who keep moving, in search of food and water and grazing land”. The reason why Rowdy tells Junior this is because Junior left the rez to Reardon school, where there only attends white people and no Indians.
I think this quote is good because it sums up Juniors character development. He really changes after he starts attending to Reardon. I think he realises that white people do not mean that it is your own fault that you are being poor. He is given more chances at Reardon but realises that not all white people have huge opportunities, just because they are white. Through the journey, he becomes more brave and confident than he was in the beginning of the book.