Themes and Motifs in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Glog by: Clarke Hinds
Identity and Self-esteem
A sense of identity is something Junior struggles to find in the beginning of the story, however with the help of his coach and his new friend Gordy.
Poverty is another one of those prevalent themes throughout the novel.
Racism and Discrimination
This is a major issue in the story, and it was spread throughout the novel both ways. Native Americans were discriminated against by the whites and the whites were discriminated against by Native Americans.
Bullying, currently one of the many common issues in high schools today is another recurring theme. It is also something in which Junior has to deal with daily on the rez as well as in school.
Hope and Dreams
Many characters in the story have or have had dreams of their own. However, many of them have lost hope. Junior is arguably the only character left who has any hope left.
Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2007. Print.
Noone, Kathleen. "Teaching Support Kit." http://www.randomhouse.com.au/. Australian Publishing, n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2011. <http://www.randomhouse.com.au/Downloads/Kids/TeacherGuides/