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There is much in the first section about the narrator’s attitudes. We learn that he is both homesick and "tired," that he has serious doubts about the values of the white culture, that he reveres Nature, that he seeks a release from the pressure to achieve, that he resents the feelings of inferiority of his role as an Indian, that he values and prizes the personal closeness of life at home, and that he is willing to endure hardship because of his beliefs. He is rejecting white dominated civilization as a result of the personal, unhurried, aesthetic, and passive values of his home, together with a profound sense of identification with the home as a physical place. The major antagonist in the story is the set of values of the white culture, but there are other antagonists, such as the cold weather and the sadistic threat of Denver Bob. There is also an inner conflict that develops when the narrator nears home. This conflict is manifested in self-doubt and worry about being received by family and tribe.
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