The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – PTI Conflict Paragraph

The most significant conflict Junior faces in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is his own frustration towards his race and the seemingly unescapable reservation. When Junior says, “My parents came from poor people who came from poor people who came from poor people, all the way back to the very first poor people,” he conveys his frustration at the endless loop of sadness and failure perpetuated by his race (11). This is the most significant of all the conflicts because it triggers many events of the story. For example, when Junior is told to “[…] leave this reservation,” by Mr. P, he realizes that when he does his “[…] fellow tribal members are going to torture me,” and punish him for leaving the loop that has been repeating for several years (42,47). But Junior decides to break this mold and take a risk. His frustration grows greater than his fear of leaving the reservation from the moment his tribes poverty hits his “[…] heart with the force of a nuclear bomb,” when Junior sees that he has his mother’s math book (31). Junior copes with this conflict by trying to face it head on. Moving to Reardan seems like the best option because he knows that nothing will happen if he just stays, the conflict is the reason why the story starts off. He also feels “(I felt) inspired,” by his sister when she does the same thing and breaks the cycle. When Junior says, “But I thought we were being warriors, you know?” he in some ways conquers this conflict.

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