A River Runs Through It

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A River Runs Through It I cannot lie. I still remember sitting in class the first day thinking to myself, A River Runs Through It? Fly Fishing? Are you kidding me? Through some very colorful experiences in my life I have come to despise fishing, thus the preconceived hatred. However I could not have been more arrogant in my misconception of both the book and the movie. Is it possible to tie fly fishing, religion and life priorities together in less than 150 pages? A River Runs Through It proves that it is. Fly fishing is a very attractive sport to some. However to others, it’s a complete brainless waist of time. Although I don’t fish, I was able to catch a lot of the subtle analogies in the book and later in the movie about where life meets fly fishing. It appears to be that in any group, be it a family, friends, work group, or whatever; there will or should always be that one thing that unites everybody. For the McCleanes, it was driving into the backwoods of the Black Forest early in the morning, hiking to their favorite fishing spot and letting the morning pass by in silent relaxing competition. Fishing seemed to have taken on a superior purpose in the McClean family. It was incorporated into everything including church lectures, dinner and basic family conversation. Like in any activity, there will always be someone that wins. I particularly liked how the dad seemed to almost gloat at the fact that he had caught a more marvelous, splendid looking fish than the boys. Being all guys, I think the competitive spirit overpowered the idea of a group activity to keep the family close. A strong point in the story is that of religion. Things such as Norman’s dad being a Presbyterian minister and his mother being a faithful church attendee have a huge impact on the boy’s lives. They are taught right from the get-go that “Man is a damn mess.” Norman seems to more

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