The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
The Geometry Book
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
Arnold finds his mother's name written inside of a geometry book and throws the book straight at his teacher Mr. P (4.52-4.58). The book stands for the systemic poverty on the reservation and the way in which the school has incredibly low expectations for their students. The book is a catalyst for change. By throwing the book, Arnold is fighting back. He is rejecting what the school offers its students for their education.