Montana 1948

Topics: Family, Crime, Capital punishment Pages: 2 (879 words) Published: March 19, 2011
The narrator of this novel is the sheriff's son, David. His Uncle Frank is a doctor and Grandfather Julian was the sheriff as well. David’s family lived just across the street from the courthouse. In late summer of 1948, one afternoon, though, his family's live-in Indian sitter, Marie Little Soldier, falls sick with pneumonia. When she vehemently objects to being seen by David's doctor uncle, the summer breaks apart in a fast-moving story of betrayal and tragedy. Uncle Frank is a threatener, he raped Marie when he was diagnosing at her. As a sheriff, David's father Wesley must choose between loyalty to his family and the justice he is sworn to uphold. While Wesley was investigating about his younger brother, Marie was killed at his house. As a result, Wesley decided to lock Frank into his basement until he found enough evidence to arrest him. After Wesley told Frank’s wife Gail what had happened to Frank, she told Julian about that. As a result, Julian went to Wesley’s house and asked him to release Frank, but Wesley refused to do that. The next day, Julian asked four workers who were working at his ranch to come to Wesley’s house in order to rescue Frank. At the end of the novel, one night before Wesley put his younger brother, Frank, in to the jail, Frank broke jars and suicide at the basement. Overall this novel, I think the author tried to tell a story about the struggles of a family torn between loyalty and justice. First of all, I would like to talk about the internal conflict which indicates Wesley knows that Frank may rape Maire but he still refused to arrest him. At the beginning of the second section, Wesley began to investigate whether Frank raped Marie or not. After he got some evidences showing that Frank raped some Indian girls before, he still couldn’t believe Frank’s crime. I think that’s because Frank is his brother. He loves him. He already had enough evidence to put him in jail, but he still needs to find more evidences to persuade himself....
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