“Wes Hayden had no choice but to lock up Frank.” Wes Hayden is a loyal, average Joe, down to earth character with good morals. But when Wes’s brother commits a crime, he is stuck in a moral dilemma. Wes Hayden a law enforcer in the town Montana, in fact he is the sheriff, he makes the decision whether or not his only brother Frank Hayden, goes to jail or walks free. Frank is guilty of assault and murder of an Indian woman, Wes’s house keeper and Wes’s son David’s companion, Marie. David was quite fond as Marie, as was Wes.
The novel is written from the point of view of David, the son of the Mercer County’s Sheriff, Wesley Hayden and features many events which are indelible from his memory. Young David Hayden has a traumatic experience. He discovers that his uncle has been sexually assaulting Native American women in his town. This is hard to believe for a 12 year old boy, especially since it reveals that his dearly loved Uncle Frank has turned out to be a bad guy. Frank, Wes’ brother and David’s uncle, has a great influence on David’s growing up.
After his family was slaughtered by natives, the narrator had to rebuild trust and learn not to generalize and group all natives together as violent, malicious people. The narrator is hesitant to accept the native way of life and remarks that he knows where “the dump lies, but where is the camp?” A product of colonial society, the narrator is aware of the stigma surrounding Native Americans, and often makes facetious remarks to the historian documenting his story. As he begins to make friends and form a relationship with the chief, the narrator begins to better understand the native culture, and prefer it to his
In most works of literature, conflicts arise due to jealousy of another character or an insecurity of one’s self. A Separate Peace, written by John Knowles, creates a character, who portrays the quintessence of these traits. Gene Forrester displays large insecurities, which he displays when he hurts his friend out of jealousy. Phineas was not only the best friend of Gene, but also a friend to everybody. As the first chapter opens, the readers are introduced to Finny’s charismatic and seemingly perfect disposition.
In the novel Montana 1948 by Larry Watson the Hayden family are living harmoniously in Montana. David is twelve at the time when his uncle Frank Hayden is found guilty by the family of molesting Indian women and murdering Marie Little Solider, David’s babysitter. As the story unravels and David uncovers the truth, Wes, Julian, David and Frank all have different opinions on whether justice is more important than family, which is a constant struggle throughout the novel. Wes is torn between which is more important. Julian believes family is more important, while David sides with Justice.
Instead it’s Gail who confronts and persuades Wes to take action, “What about the…damage…[that’s] already been done?” As a young boy David saw his father as more of a weak man than a stronger one. David was disappointed by his father who would not carry a six shooter like more traditional Sheriff’s. He never dressed as an official Sheriff instead preferring to wear “…boots and Stetsons; my father wore brogans and a fedora”, against the traditional stereotype of Western Cowboy. When David discovers that his idol Uncle Frank was raping Indian women, including Marie Little Soldier, who he
Another example of how symbolism in characters is shown, is how he uses True Son’s Native American father, Cuyloga, as a symbol for Knowledge and Wisdom. When the Indian war council is deciding on True Son’s punishment, Cuyloga speaks out, “...What do you expect of me -to stand idly by as you burn my son? My son has brought death to none of us. The scratches he gave us are not on our bodies but our pride,” (113). This symbolizes knowledge and wisdom because he uses
(p.34) Ronnie Tall bear, “why a college didn’t snap up an athlete like Ronnie. ” “Nevertheless, he believed Indians, with only a few exceptions, were ignorant, lazy, superstitious, and irresponsible. I first learned of his racism when I was seven or eight” talking about Wes Marie is molested, and murdered “red meat” ‘Good enough for the Army but not for college.’ Page 26 ‘My father did not like Indians. He simply held them in low regard. Page 33 ‘He wears those and soon enough he’ll be as flat footed and lazy as an Indian.’ Page 34 ‘They’re not going to make it into the twentieth century until they give up their superstitions and old ways.’ Page 42 ‘I knew what he was thinking; she’s an Indian – why would she tell the truth?’ ‘He’s a testimony to what hard work will get you.’ Page 58 ‘ – and white, we want them white.’
This is the story shown in the exact text. The real story is the adventure of an unsuspecting man into the hypocrisies and atrocities that darken the legacy of man. The captain learns quickly that “white man’s burden” is not one of good will, but one of torment to the natives of the conquered land. Kurtz is a god to the Africans; even the main character sees him as such until they meet. This great build up of yearning to meet the malevolent and kind man known as Kurtz only to learn that he is a sickly old man that has been broken by white man burden is one of Conrad’s displays of modernism because this technique shows how man anticipations can twisted.
Secondly, it is the women's nature that tallies as a benefit in being better parents. Apparently, women are gentler and more accepting than men. Therefore, children may have a propensity to listen and divulge their private problems to them without their being concerned and unsure. Contrarily, there is always a challenging gap amid the father and child in their view considering their father as a strict and serious man, which also makes children hesitant to expose their feelings. Finally, women have more