In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, what forces drive the dichotomy of Junior's perception of his world and allow him to see the land in apparently disparate ways?

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The forces that drive the dichotomy of Junior’s perception are his keen observation and reflection and his consideration of how others perceive the reservation.

Junior is a writer, and writers observe and reflect on the world around them. His world is split between “the rez” and the world that he experiences at Reardan, the white school. When he is on the reservation, there are times that he observes his community and see the beauty of his culture. We see this when he sits on the hill and looks down, reflecting on the beauty of the land. It helps him to understand why it is loved. Another scene that shows this is when the wealthy white man, Ted, tries to return the powwow dance outfit at Junior’s grandmother’s wake. The outfit does not belong to his people or his grandmother, and this sends all attendees into laughter. Arnold observes the warmth and tenderness of his people, despite the sad event. Another major scene that shows how his observation and reflection affect his...

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