8. Compile a soundtrack. Choose one of the following two options:
a) Create a soundtrack of 8-10 song titles that ALL show understanding of one theme or multiple themes, or
b) Create a soundtrack of 8-10 song titles that show understanding of a number of story elements throughout the story: setting, characterization (just one aspect is sufficient), a type of conflict, theme, resolution.
Use Soundtrack or 8Tracks or Soundcloud to embed your selections at the top of the post. Then write at least one sentence to explain each of your selections. Remember that you still need to meet all of the general expectations, including an MLA formatted quote. (Be the first to create an exemplary response for this prompt!)
I read the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. The songs I chose are:
1.“Indian Reservation” by Paul Revere and the Raiders
2.“American Kids” by Kenny Chesney
3.“Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
4.“The Ballad of Ira Hayes” by Johnny Cash
5. “A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash
6.“When You’re Young” by Three Doors Down
7.“Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley
8.“Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.
“Indian Reservation” by Paul Revere and the Raiders
This song is about a Cherokee Indian reservation, and the book takes place on an Indian reservation, though not Cherokee, for about half the book. The song is about how and Indian reservation came to be, and how there is never anything good happening there, which, I think, matches with the book.
Song:“American Kids” by Kenny Chesney
The other place this book takes place is Reardan, the classic American farm town. The song is about all the things everyone growing up in a town like Reardan would experience, and it’s full of tropes and clichés you would see in movies, and that is the type of town Reardan is.
Song:“Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
This song is about people who drink their problems away, and that describes just about almost all the Indian in this book because they have so many problems and they drink so much, and that’s the type of place this Indian reservation is.
Song:“The Ballad of Ira Hayes” by Johnny Cash
The song is about an Indian who was a great soldier, but he was still really poor and became a drunk, which led to his death. Eugene was really good basketball player when he was young, good enough to go to college, but never did because he was a poor Indian drunk, similar to Ira Hayes. Spoiler Alert “Way drunk, Eugene was shot and killed by one of his good friends, Bobby, who was too drunk to remember pulling the trigger… They were fighting over the last sip from a bottle of wine.” (Alexie 169)
Song: A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
The song tells the story of a boy named Sue who had to grow up tough because people would make fun of him, and this is pretty similar to Rowdy, who had to grow up tough because he was poor. In the song Sue’s father abused by naming him Sue, but in the book Rowdy’s father would beat him. “I knew Rowdy’s father was probably going to beat the crap out of him for losing the game” (Alexie 196)
Man vs Society
Song:”When You’re Young” by Three Doors Down
The song is about not fitting in the place that you are, about it making you into what everyone else there is, and this is very similar to Arnold in the book. If he stays on the rez, he will never amount to anything, he was born poor and will die poor, just like everyone else there. “You’re going to find more and more hope the further away you get from this sad, sad reservation” (Alexie 43)
If you want something you need to fight for it. Song:“Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley
This song is about standing up for what you believe it, and not giving up. In the book, Arnold doesn’t give up when he wants to go to a better school, even though he is bullied, doesn’t fit it, and is constantly faced with problems that would make less determined people give up. “You’ve been fighting since the day you were born… you fought off that brain surgery, you fought of all those seizures, you fought off all the drunks and drug addicts” (Alexie 43)
Song:“Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.
This book is resolved when Rowdy and Arnold patch up their friendship and people stop being mean to Arnold because he left the rez. When he, Spoiler Alert, loses his grandmother and sister, people stop bullying him because he has suffered enough. Rowdy accepts that Arnold will eventually leave the rez for good and Arnold accepts that Rowdy will never do anything amount to anything, but they are together and friends now and that’s what matter. The song is about acceptance that everybody hurts and everybody cries sometimes, and I think it fits with the way the book is resolved. “I hoped and prayed that someday they would forgive me for leaving the reservation. I hope someday I will forgive myself” (Alexie 230)