Red from green
Growing up is not easy. Slowly fighting to discover who we are and finding the harsh truths about life, that we all inevitably will have to someday be able to stand on our own two feet, while in the process discovering things about ourselves such as our sexuality and where we want to head in life. Maile Meloy shows this crossroad in life with our protagonist, who is in the process of discovering herself. She is forced to see herself and her father in a different light after a float trip “down the river” where a grown man shows an interest in her. Sam, just a sophomore realises that there is more to life than the simple troubles of a 15 year old girl.
The story is narrated from the perspective of an outside narrator (or 3rd person perspective), however it is focused around the thoughts of our protagonist Sam. Sam is a 15-year old American teenager from Montana who is about to start her sophomore year. The story is set around the four people in the Avon rafts: Sam, the protagonist, her father, her uncle, Harry, and his client, Layton. The story takes place at a river, where these four people are on a float trip down the river. Through the trip Layton is getting more and more interested in Sam. Her interest in him grows until she lets him seduce her. They go for walk and Layton teaches Sam how to shoot with a gun. Things then get heated as Layton tries to go further, but nothing serious happens.
Sam’s mother died before the story begins, however this has only created a great strong bond between her and her father, who live alone together.Though Sam loves her father a lot, she still wants to leave to a boarding school and we see signs of distress from the father because of this, as he does not want to be left alone. She had not decided to take the offer to the boarding school yet and she was unsure how her father felt about it, “Applying had been her father’s idea, but now he looked dismayed every time the subject came up” (l. 6-7). Sam and her...
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