The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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What do the following words or phrases have in common: “the last departure,”, “final curtain,” “the end,” “darkness,” “eternal sleep”, “sweet release,” “afterlife,” and “passing over”? All, whether grim or optimistic, are synonymous with death. Death is a shared human experience. Regardless of age, gender, race, religion, health, wealth, or nationality, it is both an idea and an experience that every individual eventually must confront in the loss of others and finally face the reality of our own. Whether you first encounter it in the loss of a pet, a friend, a family member, a neighbor, a pop culture icon, or a valued community member, it can leave you feeling numb, empty, and shattered inside. But, the world keeps turning and life …show more content…
Junior, however, is very bright, and he is acutely aware of the other dangers of living on “the rez.” Complacency has surrounded him his entire life. So, determined to receive a better education and escape the grim atmosphere created by alcohol addiction and death on “the rez,” he enrolls at an all-white school in a neighboring town. As a result, he is viewed by his people as a traitor and as an outsider by his new classmates. Will Junior create a new fate for himself or is he doomed to fall into the same traps as his ancestors? How does he learn to cope with loss under such challenging circumstances? Discover the answers as Junior confronts death and change in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Andi Alpers, like Junior, is no stranger to confronting death. She has seen loss first-hand and is filled with guilt. She is certain that the death of her ten-year old brother Truman and the subsequent negative effects on her family are all her fault. She is so certain, in fact, that her grades have declined, drugs are the only relief from her sorrow, and thoughts of suicide are regularly entertained. The only thing that gives her a sense of direction and purpose is her music. When Andi, the main character in Jennifer Donnelly’s historical fiction Revolution, fails to submit her senior thesis, she risks being expelled from

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