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Montana 1948 - Title Montana 1948 Genre- American West Fiction - Author Larry Watson Birth - 1948 Still living - Publication Date 1993 - Plot Summary David Hayden lives in a small town called Bentrock Montana The Haydens is a powerful family of Mercer County including members such as the local sheriff and a war hero The summer of 1948 is a turning point in Davids life forever changes his point of view on everything hes ever known First his nanny Marie Little Soldier falls into a sickness and Davids uncle Frank now a doctor is called to examine Marie Marie refuses to be examined by him and tells Davids mom Gail that uncle frank molests his Native American patients Eventually Marie dies but David admits to his father that Uncle Frank may have murdered and sexually abused Marie Wes the local sheriff and Davids father is faced with the decision to remain loyal to his family and leave Uncle Frank free or to remain loyal to justice and and arrest Uncle Frank Eventually it is agreed to lock Uncle Frank in Davids house cellar until a proper decision can be made about Uncle Franks fate but within the cellar Uncle Frank commits suicide and ends the dispute - Themes There are three noticeable themes within this story The first is the general abuse of power from people of higher authority Though it may not be evident many high authorities may abuse their powers Another theme that is definitely showing is that of racism In the story Frank would only take advantage of his Native American patients and many people in the book disregarded Native Americans One final theme that ran throughout the story was that of whether family loyalty or justice was more important Wes was forced to choose between these two topics and in the end he chose justice which was not supported by his own father
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