Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

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Imagine to live in Montana - quiet, beautiful place, to spend your childhood playing outdoors, going fishing and just enjoying the wildness of Montana. The book Montana 1948 by Larry Watson and the film A River Runs Through It by Robert Redford have many similarities. Settings, characters and problems they have are only few of the many common things the book and the film share. The most general similarity is the setting where the both works take place in, and the time when it is happening. Also the main characters from both works have a lot in common. And the racism, it was showed in both works, the prejudices towards American Indians. The both works take place in Montana in the first part of the 20th century. The book Montana 1948, as the title of it shows, is about the time period in 1948, but the events in the film are mostly in 1926. ‘’The harshness of the land and the flattening effect of wind and endless sky’’ (16) characterizes Bentrock - small town in Montana where the characters from Montana 1948 live. Other small town in Montana - Missoula, ‘’a world with dew still on it’’, is the place where the film’s characters are located. The book and the film both have two brothers as the main characters. Wes and Frank in Montana 1948; Norman and Paul in A River Runs Through It. Wes and Norman are the older brother in these both works. They have a couple of similarities, for instance, they both are sober and have serious attitude towards work. The younger brothers in these works - Frank and Paul - also have few things in common. For example, both got into trouble, got arrested and died in the end. However, the problems they had were not so similar. Paul liked to drink, and he gambled a lot, where Frank did more serious crimes - he abused American Indian girls. The racism is another thing both works show. In the book Montana 1948, narrator’s David’s father said that ‘’colleges are not for Indians’’ (26), and believed ‘’Indians were ignorant, superstitious, and...
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