The Saddest Character Wesley in Montana 1948
In Montana 1948, Larry Watson mainly narrates a secret and catastrophic story happened in Hayden’s family which have high prestige in Bentrock Montana, 1948. In this novel, Watson stands on a twelve-year-old boy－David Hayden’s view to talk about family tragedy which results from his uncle Frank molesting many innocent Indian girls. Therefore, Hayden’s family is tormented by the moral dilemma; especially Wesley- the brother of Frank also the sheriff of Montana. By elaborating how this family scandal affects the characters’ emotional ups and downs and choices to push the story forward, Watson successfully shapes Wesley, one of main protagonists in Montana 1984, struggling in dilemmas between family reputation and the his own interests and justice.
Firstly, Watson aims to delineate Wesley’s backdrop, which he lives under his father’s control most of his life to show how he would rather suffer himself to achieve his father’s wish. At starter, Watson notes Wesley, because of his father’s ambitious personality，chooses the job sheriff as his occupation. From the beginning of this novel, as the narrator David noted, Wesley is graduated from a law school and is supposed to be a attorney in his and his mother Gail’s eyes, but finally, Wesley still follows his father’s preference of being a sheriff in Montana, and as David mentions, Wesley “never wore his badge” but puts it in the suit-coat or pocket. (p7) and “the badge’s heavy weight could have torn” his father’s cloth. (p7) However, in the end of the story, Wesley becomes a successful lawyer and “his name was listed as a partner with the firm” (p163) From these parts, primarily readers could know that Wesley is under his father’s control a long time and he is afraid of, also loves his father, so he accepts the job his father gives to him, but not pursue what he wants to be. Besides, the badge’s weight mentioned in the novel is not only...
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