Arnold Spirit Jr. (Junior) - A young cartoonist and the narrator/protagonist of the novel. Junior is a Rowdy is a star basketball player for the Wellpinit high school . He has anger problems and often gets physically violent with Junior and others. But Rowdy has an anger problem, so instead, he hits Arnold in the face, . In the relationship between arnold and rowdy, arnold is mostly the. (His sole defender is his best friend, a tough-guy named Rowdy.) At Reardan, Arnold has some trouble fitting in, though he attempts to woo Penelope, the.
Besides his physical ailments, Arnold reveals that his family is not only very poor, but also that his father is an alcoholic and his mother is a recovering alcoholic.
Arnold spends most of his time reading books, drawing cartoons, and spending time with his hypermasculine and stubborn best friend, Rowdy. The main tension of the novel is triggered when Arnold decides to transfer to Reardan High, a school populated exclusively by white, middle-to-upper-class students—making Arnold the only non-white student in the school.
Arnold is aware that nobody in his reservation has gone to college, and he is also aware of how social diseases such as alcoholism infect his environment to the extent that it kills people he holds dear, such as his grandmother and his sister.
As he points out towards the end of the novel: I cried because so many of my fellow tribal members were slowly killing themselves and I wanted them to live. I wanted them to get strong and get sober and get the hell out of the rez.
Analysis: Love and Friendship | The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reservations were meant to be prisons, you know? Indians were supposed to move into reservations and die. We were supposed to disappear.
But somehow or another, Indians have forgotten that reservations were meant to be death camps. To make matters even more complicated, Arnold soon realizes that as the only Indian in Reardan High, he is seen by others as an outcast. Image from page 63 of PTI, in which Arnold illustrates himself being verbally abused by his white peers at Reardan High.
The notion of cultural forgetting becomes an important element in the novel, especially when focusing on the reservation as a space of death, alcoholism, and destruction.
Arnold recognizes that the reservation does have some beautiful qualities, especially when it comes to the preservation of ancient customs and traditions.
However, he comes to understand that this preservation and conservation comes with a price: Something I truly love and appreciate about this novel is the fact that it is in no way driven by binaristic forms of thinking.
True, there are moments in which binaries are highlighted in PTI, particularly binaries of race, color, culture, and belief—but they are highlighted only to be obliterated at certain points of the narrative.
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This is particularly seen when Arnold describes his grandmother, who adhered to more traditional ideologies: Now, in the old days, Indians used to be forgiving of any kind of eccentricity. In fact, weird people were often celebrated. Epileptics were often shamans because people just assumed that God gave seizure-visions to the lucky ones. Gay people were seen as magical, too. I mean, like in many cultures, men were viewed as warriors and women were viewed as caregivers. But gay people, being both male and female.
Gay people could do anything. Once you have fear, you can never escape from it ever again.
This simple quote also applies to Rowdy. If you have read the book, you can probably see that Rowdy is the kind of person who can't control himself, he has a very big temper problem. He's not the kind of person that you can easily be friends with.
Its better to not be friends with him. So now you are wondering, if Rowdy is the kind of person who can fight anyone he sees, can he have fear?
Well, the answer is yes. Anyone in the world can have fear and that is why Rowdy is living his whole life fighting people. Think about your life. When somebody is very angry or afraid of something, can they go through their life with happiness and enjoyment?
The answer is NO! No one can do that. This satifies the fact that Rowdy is probably angry or having a fear about something.
In the Absolutely True Diary of a Part time Indian, in the chapter where Arnold tells him that he is leaving the rez and going to go to Reardan for education, Rowdy buckles down and starts to cry.
This shows how Rowdy's life is very unstable. In addition to crying, Rowdy also punches Arnold right in the face!