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Montana 1948 Essay Maturity may come at any age and time in a persons life One moment he or she may be a carefree child and then suddenly realize that they have been transformed into a mature adult by a powerful and traumatic experience An experience they will remember their whole lives In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee the adolescence of Jem and Scout is threatened one fateful night by a dangerous man bent on taking their lives After this startling experience they were never the same again As a result they rapidly matured into adults Similarly young David Hayden the narrator of Montana 1948 by Larry Watson also encounters an equally traumatic event He discovers that his uncle has been sexually assaulting Native American women in his town This is a heavy burden for a twelve year old boy especially since it reveals that his beloved Uncle Frank is the bad-guy However one discovers as the novel develops that David matures and grows in order to deal with this situation He must come to understand what has happened and how the immoral actions of Frank will affect his family and its name But most importantly he must know that his integrity will be changed He will learn shocking things that would mean nothing to a child but everything to an adult Larry Watson suggests that traumatic experiences transform children into adults Therefore disturbing experiences lead to changes of mind growth in morals and an emerging sense of adulthood David changes his mind about Uncle Frank through the traumatic experiences regarding the discovery of Franks secret actions Uncle Frank used to be Davids idol and David adored him But that all changed when Davids housekeeper and baby sitter Marie Little Soldier becomes violently ill and is in need of a doctor Wes Hayden Davids father calls his brother Frank who is the town doctor to come and see her Strangely enough
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