Monday, September 20, 2010

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: Double Consciousness

As part of today's reading, we talked about the term double consciousness in today's class. This is an important term to think about in reference to The Absolutely True Diaries of a Part-Time Indian. Why? Well, let's look at the definition that you all came up with for this term:

Double = Two or both or more than one

Consciousness = Knowledge, inside thoughts, reality, or awakeness (not a word, but I like it)

After defining this term, we talked about the ways in which we might be doubly conscious. You came up with: 

Having two households (because of divorce)
Having to be or act one way at home and another way at work or school
Acting one way in front of adults versus with younger children or peers
Having a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other

These are all good examples. We talked about Arnold Spirit's attendance at a non-rez school and how that will feel and be different than the school on the reservation. We split the term American Indian and talked about his demeanor as an Indian versus as an American. We will continue to see Arnold's struggle to negotiate the rules and expectations of these very different cultures as the book progresses.

Good work today!


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