The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by

Sherman Alexie

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Symbols

White

“I don’t know if hope is white,” Junior states, thinking about the hopefulness of the white students in Reardan. “But I do know that hope for me is like some mythical creature: white, white, white… (read full symbol analysis)

Travel

In this coming-of-age novel, traveling is a symbol for growing up. Mary breaks out of her “frozen” state by moving to Montana to live in a mobile home. Penelope’s idea of adulthood and freedom involves… (read full symbol analysis)

Chicken

The passage on chicken in Chapter 2 is very short, but very important: it reveals a lot about the dynamics of Junior’s family and the values he grew up with. In a chapter titled, “Why… (read full symbol analysis)

Petrified Wood

As Junior explains to Mr. Dodge and his classmates, petrified wood is formed when a piece of wood is buried under dirt and minerals “kind of melt the wood and the glue that holds the… (read full symbol analysis)

Basketball

For Junior, who has grown up knowing that his race and his poverty, not to mention his physical disability, have put him at a disadvantage in the world—being, as he puts it, “a loser… (read full symbol analysis)

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