Study Guide

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Characters

By Sherman Alexie

Arnold Spirit, Junior

Arnold Spirit (a.k.a. Junior) is our witty and whipsmart narrator who takes us along on his...

Rowdy

Rowdy is Arnold's best friend, arch nemesis, and everything in between. And, as his name...

Mary Spirit

Mary is Arnold's older sister, who lives in the basement of her parent's house. While Arnold...

Mr. and Mrs. Spirit

As Arnold's drawing tells us (figure 2.2), Mr. Spirit could have been a jazz musician and Mrs....

Grandmother Spirit

Grandmother Spirit is powwow famous, and her greatest gift is tolerance. When she is struck by a...

Gordy

Actually, Gordy's way too chill to want revenge. If there were a movie about Gordy, it might be...

Penelope

Penelope is the beautiful, perfect blonde girl and Arnold is the new Indian boy. How do they get...

Roger

Roger is Reardan High School's star basketball player... who Arnold punches in the face....

Eugene

Eugene is Arnold's father's best friend who is shot in the parking lot of 7-11 in a drunken...

Mr. P

Mr. P is the white teacher at whom Arnold throws the geometry book. But instead of being...

Billionaire Ted

Billionaire Ted is one of the white people who collects Indian art and culture. He shows up at...

Coach

Coach helms Reardan's basketball team. He's always quick to give Arnold words of encouragement...