There is always that one person that makes a story so interesting and impossible to get one's eyes off of. The novel, Montana 1948 by Larry Watson was a book that had good, bad and terrible things in it. A family that was well known to the town of Bentrock was involved with multiple incidents that brought negativity to the people. It was a town diversified between Indian and Caucasians. People that were influential to the novel made bad choices, caused and solved problems and also led to serious moments that others couldn’t see meaning and truth behind. Doing what is right vs. wrong often causes struggles within other people. Marie little soldier was David's biggest crush until she was found dead in her bedroom. Marie was an Indian women who lived on the reservation before David met her. She was asked to be housekeeper for David's home and also babysit David. As Marie lived in their home for several days, she became sick and the only strength she had was to speak to the David's family. She couldn’t get out of bed knowing how ill she was.The family believed she was seriously ill so they decided to call over Uncle Frank. Uncle Frank was known to be a war hero, best doctor in town, but most importantly, Wesley's brother. They invited Frank over to examine Marie, but it …show more content…
Doing what was right for the family or wrong within other influential people. Montana 1948 was a novel based upon the way people lived in that time setting. They were able to get away with multiple things, less regulations and learn to deal with certain events that were life changing for others. I felt this story had a powerful message behind what was right vs. Wrong. The town of Bentrock had influential people and was well known. Not only was The Hayden name well known, but deep little secrets within certain people. They payed their consequences, did what was best for the family and choosing the smartest decision to get out of embarrassment.
In Bridger Wells, Nevada in 1885 two characters known as Art Croft and Gil Carter ride into town and enter Darby’s Saloon. When these two entered the environment was repressed due to recent incidents of “cattle-rustling”. The townsfolk suspect that Art and Gil are hustlers. Shortly after a man enters the saloon and announces that a person named Larry Kinkaid which was a rancher has been murdered. Immediately after the townsfolk form a posse to pursue the person responsible for the murder.
Montana 1948 Analysis Everyone has made an important decision in their life time, and those decisions will always be for good or bad. After a decision is made, no one can change the results of it or even blame someone for anything, that’s why it's important to think before making any decision. By thinking before taking any action that can change the outcome of the decision being made. The novel Montana 1948 is a novel based on decisions. The main character in the novel is David Hayden.
This style immersed the reader into the story, allowing them to walk the filthy Pennsylvania streets right along with Matlock, and smell the freedom on the wind as if they were standing beside General Travis. I also thoroughly enjoyed the historical accuracy and key themes that the author skillfully wove into the plot. To illustrate, Jeannette tied in the concepts of the British East India Company and the West Indies slave trade. She also touched on the idea of indentured serevants coming accords the ocean, fleeing persecution in England, working the lowest jobs in America. An important theme with which the author correlated into the story was the idea of social darwinsim.
In Montana 1948, Watson’s use of parentheses and dashes allow the 52 year-old David editorialize on the experiences of the native 12 year-old David. Without these authorial interjections, David’s experiences would be presented to us through the unreliable understanding of the boy, thus limiting our ability to disconcern Watson’s overall thematic goal. For the reader it elaborates on ideas that may be unclear from a young boys perspective. Not only do the punctuation marks describe more, they also allow for quick changes in thought.
A Powerful Family and A Corruptive Society The Novel Montana 1948 tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy David, who witnesses a family tragedy involving murder, sexual assault, and racism during the summer of 1948. David’s uncle Frank, who is popular and well-known doctor in Bentrock, kills a native ameriacan girl Marie. In order to cover up Frank’s crime, David’s father, Wesley, is pressured by his own father Julian, the justice system, and the desire to uphold the family name. While Wesley works hard collecting evidence against his brother Frank, Frank chooses to die rather than to face his guilt.
Samuel Western “Pushed off the Mountain Sold Down the River” I felt the principle purpose of this book was Samuel Western showing how immature and under-populated the state of Wyoming is. Western also wrote about how difficult it can be to make a living or raise and provide for a family with as few resources we have in Wyoming compared to other states. The author gave a few examples of why he believes Wyoming has not developed more since the Homestead Act. Some of which I could see his perspective and consent to a point. Other times, as I read through the story, I felt offended like the author was attacking Wyoming for being different than most states.
Through crafty word choice and well thought out writing she points out some logistical examples that have to deal with North Dakota. She says “TV news anchors often hail from this part of the world”. That is mean in the sense that it is a small rural state that not many people hear about. This quote points out the true logic of America, and the people that small, and maybe even boring places just do not get the recognition that other places might get. If they can not even get Tv reporters there how is the world really suppose to know what this place is all about that is what Marquardt is trying to bring to our attention that North Dakota is more that just a small boring place that never gets talked
During the catastrophic events of Montana 1948, David Hayden begins to learn that not even the concrete bonds of the Hayden family can stand to justice. Through the sinful actions of Uncle Frank, David’s simple, blissful environment he once had begins to dissolve, only to reveal the unpleasant, but true imperfect world. An ambivalent David strains to understand how polar concepts like heroism can coexist with wickedness within one individual. Author Larry Watson cleverly peppers the five sensory systems throughout the story, embellishing each scene with lucidity, through David’s perception. Slowly, the miniscule cracks concealed in David’s family bonds grow, to the point where an evident chasm divided the Hayden family from, “what we were from
The book Montana 1948, is a novel written by Larry Watson that will keep you reading until the very last page. This novel narrated by a 12 year old boy, David Hayden who knows Uncle Frank more than anyone else in Bentrock. Accused of murder and molesting young Indian girls, is hard to believe when the person being accused of is a family member. Wesley Hayden, Frank's brother the county sheriff needs to make justice. Many problems approach and they each need a decision.
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.
Intercalary Chapter Literary Analysis During the Great Depression, the nation as a whole was stripped of financial security and forced into a survivalist way of living. This changed the ways that people interacted with one another and the overall mentality of society. In the Grapes of Wrath, the Joad family is torn from their land and find themselves with nothing, a common story for migrant farmers of that time, derogatorily called “Okies” by Californians. But this is not the only group that is struggling, the entire county was in a state of panic and bruteness, no matter how “well off” they seemed to be.
A thriller and novella, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck is about to very different men who lived in California during the great depression. They are hands on the ranches and they travel with each other through the bad, good, and the loneliness. There is no other friendship like theirs, it is like a companionship between an animal and its owner. Both of the men, George and Lennie, share a dream to live off of their own land. They are so close to their dream that they are making plans to buy the land but then Lennie did something bad, Lennie killed the wife of the ranch owner’s son.
It is a heart wrenching story, but it gives you perspective. We sometimes fail to remember how hard people worked in the past for the equality of today. This book helps people remember not to take freedom for granted, and it also allows us to remember those who lost there lives because of injustice. I would also recommend this book because Ida B. Wells was from Mississippi. It is important to have an appreciation for history, especially the history of the state that you live in.
The town was described with hills that looked like White Elephants. The author also describe the couple as “The Americans”. Ernest Hemingway also did a good job by describing the situation of the the couple in the 1920’s The couple was
Someone nice.” Pegeen symbolise the time that is past for Marie. In fact she was also the first death she ever experienced of someone close to her. Also Marie talks about her multiple times in the narrative because she sees herself through Pegeen. They are both in a quest to find someone nice to be understood from, and