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. Picture. Arnold Spirit Junior is the main character in the book as well as the narrator. He is a the book Arnold and Rowdy's relationship gets really rocky. Rowdy's temper help each other solve their problems and situations. One day when. Jan 7, Few young adult novels manage to tackle deep and complex issues with as Arnold's relationship with Rowdy inspires and ignites the novel's.
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. 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.
They were like Swiss Army knives! He points out that with the advent of Christianity in the reservation, people grew to fear eccentricity and lost their ability to be tolerant. With this in mind, the tension of the novel is based not on the battle between tradition and change, but rather on the struggle between appreciating difference and eliminating difference.
I belonged to that tribe.
But I also belonged to the tribe of American immigrants. And to the tribe of basketball players. And to the tribe of bookworms. And to the tribe of cartoonists. 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! In my opinion, it is telling me that he is not going to be himself when Arnold leaves.
Rowdy Rowdy is Junior's best friend.10 Questions for Sherman Alexie
He likes reading comics, such as Archie. The comics help him escape the troubles of the real world. Junior and Rowdy have been the best of friends since they were little, and Rowdy has often taken on the role of Junior's protector. However, as Junior leaves the reservation school, Rowdy feels betrayed by his best friend and turns into Junior's "arch nemesis" during the novel.
Mary has long hair and is nicknamed "Mary Runs Away".
She likes to write romance stories and is considered by Junior to be "beautiful and strong and funny". She was smart, but did not have the skills to get a job.
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Mary and her new husband die of a fire in their trailer-home after a partygoer forgot about a boiling pot of soup. A curtain drifted onto the hot plate and the trailer was quickly engulfed. Junior was told that Mary never woke up because she was too drunk. Roger Roger is a jock at Reardan High School. Upon meeting Junior, Roger uses racial slurs to demean him, and Junior then punches him in the face.
Contrary to Junior's expectations, Roger then begins to respect Junior, and the two gradually become friends. Furthermore, Roger obtains a role as a kind of advisor and protector of Junior, occasionally helping him monetarily and other times with advice. Gordy Gordy is a student who attends Reardan, wears glasses, and does everything in the name of science.
Gordy always speaks in a sophisticated and proper manner throughout the novel. He is one of the smartest students at the school and he eventually becomes Junior's first real friend at Reardan. Gordy also helps Junior with schoolwork and encourages his enjoyment of reading books.
Penelope Junior's crush and good friend from Reardan High. She has blonde hair and Junior thinks that she is very attractive.
She enjoys helping others, is bulimicand has a racist father named Earl. She is popular and plays on the Reardan volleyball team. She is obsessed with leaving the small town behind and traveling the world. Eugene The best friend of Junior's father. Eugene dies after his close friend Bobby shoots him in the face during a dispute over alcohol.
Bobby hangs himself in jail. Grandmother Spirit Junior's Grandma. She is Junior's source of advice and support, until she dies after being hit by a drunk driver while walking on the side of the road on her way home after a powwow.
Her dying words were "Forgive him," which meant that she wanted her family to forgive the drunk driver, Gerald, for hitting and killing her. Ironically, she never had a drink in her life. She was also extremely tolerant and loving of all people. Junior's grandma is his favorite person in the world. Unlike the teachers who are apprehensive of Junior's attendance at Reardan, the coach pays no attention to Junior's race. He is supportive of Junior both on and off the court.