Montana 1948: David’s Innocence Imagine finding out that your loving uncle is a molester, murderer, and rapist. That’s exactly what happened in the novel by Larry Watson, Montana 1948, David Hayden and his family found out that Frank Hayden, David’s uncle, murdered and raped the Native Americans. Some people think that they most damaging information David saw was seeing, the babysitter for David and Native American women, Marie Little Soldier naked. However, I think the most damaging information is found out that his uncle raped and molested these Native American.
Mary Rowlandson was held captive by the Narragansetts in 1676. She wrote a book called A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson telling about the uncertainties of the “violent English advance “civilization” and “savagery”(Takaki 43). Since the English stereotype at the time were that Native Indians were inferior, Rowlandson's account, which was significant to U.S. History was one of many stories told to change the thinking of the settlers. The Indians way of life was foreign to them. They didn't understand their ways.
The hayden boys are used to getting and being able to do whatever they want because of how prestigious their family name is. This is shown very clearly when grandpa hayden expects Wes to bypass the law and allow frank to do whatever he wants because he is a war hero and a part of the hayden family. A song that explains this thought process is “entitlement” by jack white. “In a time when everybody feels entitled Why can't I feel entitled too?” This is most likely the thought process of Frank because he does think that he is able to do whatever he pleases because he is seen by the community as a hero and as a member of a very prestigious family among the
It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. In Larry Watson's Montana 1948 choices by brothers Frank and Wesley define what happens throughout the book. Set in Bentrock, Montana, one will read about the difficulty of choosing between doing what you want and doing what is right. In reading Montana 1948, one will discover that the choices one makes not only affects you but the people around you. Wesley's actions have affected his family more than anybody else in the story.
When Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians in 1675 she would have never guessed that her perception of Indians would change. She would be partly correct, as demonstrated in “The Sovereignty and Goodness of God.” Mary Rowlandson gains a more accepting view of Indian culture, but she still maintains the rigid Puritan perception that Indians are inferior. Initially, Mary Rowlandson, like most Puritans, views the Indians as inferior and as the enemy.
A common theme in the passage “I Escaped a Violent Gang” and “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” is being different because in both passages the main characters struggled with being different. In the memoir “I Escaped a Violent Gang” she wanted to be out of the gang but every in her family was in a gang but she did not want to be in a gang anymore, In the Informational text “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” they were fighting to have the same rights as white people because they were getting treated differently than white people. The characters action were different because in the memoir “I Escaped a Violent Gang” she was by herself and she broke a rule to get out of the gang if she did that she could have gotten killed by the gang, and in the play
Because the Hayden family covered up the crime, Native Americans continuously suffer in this corrupt society. Therefore, the lack of proper justice and ethical value endangers the existence of laws and destabilizes society by letting culprits perform more crime and creating insecurity among
Writer Sherman Alexie has a knack of intertwining his own problematic biographical experience with his unique stories and no more than “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” demonstrates that. Alexie laced a story about an Indian man living in Spokane who reflects back on his struggles in life from a previous relationship, alcoholism, racism and even the isolation he’s dealt with by living off the reservation. Alexie has the ability to use symbolism throughout his tale by associating the title’s infamy of two different ethnic characters and interlinking it with the narrator experience between trying to fit into a more society apart from his own cultural background. However, within the words themselves, Alexie has created themes that surround despair around his character however he illuminates on resilience and alcoholism throughout this tale.
loy·al·ty ˈloiəltē/ noun the quality of being loyal to someone or something. a strong feeling of support or allegiance. Loyalty is very strong and very meaningful, like true love or brotherhood. Loyalty has to be earned, not just given away. In The Odyssey, the epic poem by Homer, Odysseus’ crew is steadfastly loyal to him and follow nearly his every direction, even though they are given many reasons not to be.
Montana 1948 tells the story of young David Hayden and his family living in Bentrock, Mercer County, Montana. In his time in Montana, his family is put in the situation of his Uncle Frank being charged with the murder of Marie Little Soldier. Throughout the book we go through the theme of justice and the rule of law. David is seen experiencing the mistaken ways the law should be interpreted, including
In Montana 1948 by Larry Watson, twelve year old David Hayden summarizes his abnormal childhood life of living in Bentrock, Montana. The town is small and the Hayden family lives close to a Native American reservation. This novel focuses mainly on Wesley Hayden, the father is the elected sheriff of the town and Uncle Frank, the doctor who also happens to be a rapist and murderer. In this book, there are few female roles. One of the most important female characters is the mother of David and wife of Wesley, Gail Hayden.
In Montana 1948 David helps his dad a lot by doing very different things so he can do right for the community. For example, David helps his dad to find out that Frank abuses Indian women by telling him that he saw him before they found Marie dead. David explains to his dad that he was used Len and Daisy’s outhouse to go to the bathroom. When he was sitting there he saw Uncle Frank heading toward town, that was at three in the afternoon and after that they found Marie dead. After that David helps his dad again by accepting that uncle Frank had to go to jail (in their house).