Thursday, May 19, 2016
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“If you stay on the rez, they’re going to kill you. I’m going to kill you. We’re all going to kill you” (Alexie 43). Mr. P says this to Arnold as he is trying to convince him to leave the rez someday. The quote does not mean that everyone is going to literally kill him, but actually something that is almost as excruciating. The rez is a very difficult place to live and grow up. Arnold has such a strong and ambitious personality, and he can go very far in life. Mr. P and everyone else on the rez are slowly going to "kill" or destroy his character and culture until there is nothing more to hold on to. Arnold needs to get off the rez so he can use his skills and character to do good in the world and Mr. P makes that very evident. Arnold can get off the rez and do amazing things and if he doesn't he will drastically change.