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Novel Paper on The Last Picture Show Accurately depicting life through the eyes of a teenager is now easy feat to accomplish However Larry McMurtrys epic novel The Last Picture Show successfully accomplishes this task The Last Picture Show is a tantalizing tale of teenagers struggling towards adulthood and grasping for maturity When looking at how specific and accurate some of the instances in the book are it becomes evident that some of McMurtrys teen experiences are found between the pages as well Through the character of Sonny setting and a third person omniscient point of view McMurtry is able to authentically recreate small-town American in the little town of Thalia Through the character of Sonny Crawford McMurtry is able to create a walking reflection of small town morals and values Throughout the novel there is no question that Sonny is the central figure whom everything in Thalia revolves around The main figures in Sonnys life are Ruth Popper the 40 year-old woman he begins to date his best friend Duane and his socially climbing girlfriend Jacy Sam the Lion the father figure of the town and Billy Like one would expect in a small town all these characters stories become interconnected When Sam dies Duane suddenly moves to Odessa stranding Sonny without a best friend Sonny attempts to compensate for this void by starting to date Duanes ex-girlfriend Jacy Conflict erupts when Duane returns to Thalia and witnesses what Sonny has done He cannot believe that his best friend would do something like that to him When Duane finally returns to Odessa Sonny and Jacy get married only to have Jacys parents annul the marriage and move on Sonny is now without his best friend pseudo father and the woman he loved He clings on to all he has left which is Billy who is found constantly walking down the street sweeping Through all his problems Sonny is still incredibly morally
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