The most significant conflict in Juniors life is….

The most significant conflict Junior faces in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is his race, because people not accepting his race is the reason for his other problems, specifically money. Junior’s mom could have a very steady job instead of being an “ex-drunk” because she is smart and reads a lot of books. When Junior is describing his parents, he states that “given the chance, Junior’s mother would have gone to college,”(11). What he is really saying is that his mom has great potential and could’ve had a successful life if she wasn’t Indian. If she could get a job like a white person, Junior and his family would have a much better life because their income would be greatly increased. Same with Junior’s dad. He would be on the radio and pursuing his dream of becoming a musician if he was white. Junior’s family doesn’t “get those chances. Or choices. They’re just poor. That’s all they are,”(13). If Junior and his family are white, they could lead a much happier life. That is why Junior’s most significant problem in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is people not accepting his race.


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