Wednesday, February 27, 2008

2/27 (Week 2), Post B

Dear Junior (or Arnold Spirit as i've found your name to be),

You have made an extremely wise choice in switching schools i believe becuase it gives you a taste of competition in the wold for careers and you will be much better off in the long run getting a proper/formal education and not screwing off in the reservation. One piece of advice I have for you is to try your hardest not to get involved in any fist fights at Reardan, because once these white boys see you are asking for it, they will come at you and you won't be able to stop them. So let them tease youm let them make fun of you, but don't ever use those rules you stated on page 61 about always having to fight a white kid if they try to fight you. Only pull out the fists if neseccary (and i mean only when nesecary, i'm telling you they're only looking for the slightest sign of anger in you and they will beat the crap out of you) Stay calm and go about with your business not minding them. I also would like to compliment you on your assertiveness with your parents in switching schools. You showed them that you do not want to end up like them, but in a nice way, without really insulting them. Believe me Junior, they realize everything that you do but they are just too big of failures to do anything about it, it's going to have to be you that makes the change and you are off to a great start. Best of luck to you at Reardan.

Yours truly,

Reader Arman

2/27 (Week 2), Post A

Quote and Significance:

"Who has the most hope?" (45). Junior is really opening his curiosity once Mr.P comes over to his porch and talks soem sense about life into him. Junior wants to transfer schools becuase he realizes that kids at white schools have more hope and oppertunity than kids on the reservation.

Emerging Theme:

Thus far through page 65 a major emerging theme is learning to fight discrimination. Junior is going to be (and currently is) the only indian kid in the whole Reardan school. All of the white kids stare at him and he is made fun of constantly. If he's going to suceed in the school and life in general in the outside world (outside the rez), he's going to have to handle discrimination and ignore it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

2/20 (Week 1), Post B

Dear Junior,

I believe that you are a kid with alot of potential based off how you've described yourself thus far, but you have alot to live "down to." Your parents (no offense), are failures and if you're going to change that you need to step up, rise beyond your childhood, and start looking towards the future. You cannot be dwelling over things like your head, your appearance, and even your pleasure (although sometimes it's important). Think about if you want a great, sucessful future or you want one or two friends that will always be with you in that raggety old box you'll be living in soon enough. I see you have a keen interest in Geometry based on your reactions to seeing the book, but you throwing the book at your teacher (pg.31) ain't going to help you suceed later in life. Take events as they come and don't try to rush things Junior, but keep in mind everything you do now will effect your future directly. Also i have one last piece of advice for you, don't take it too seriously if those 30 year old loosers try to eat you up, the only reason they're trying to do that is because they know they've already lost in life and have no chance at getting back into it. You do my friend, keep that in mind. Hope you keep moving along well.



2/20 (Week 1), Post A

Quote and Significance:

"I was born with water on the brain." (pgs.1 and 2). This quote really sums up the first section of my book because Junior was born with extra "brain grease" around his brain so at a young age he had to have it sucked out. He has an enormous head and many kids make fun of him, and he talks alot about how he suffers from siezures and other disorders due to his brain problems

Emerging Theme:

One emerging theme thus far has been standing up for yourself. Junior is going to have to learn to protect himself and stand up for himself, otherwise he's going to live a life of poverty and shame just like his parents are now.