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In the book When the Legends Die by Hal Borland Tom is influenced by many people and their ideas As his settings change new things influence him to change his personality The three main influences on Tom are his mother Bessie Red Dillon and Mary Redmond His biggest influence out of everyone would be his mother Bessie She taught Tom about the old ways how to fish chant and weave baskets Basically she him everything he knows As well as teaching Tom all these things she taught him to be self sufficient Eventhough she had 13 years with her son she gave him a belief in his indian ways that would come back again later on in his life At the end of this novel when he goes back to the old ways its really a way for him to thank her for everything she provided him with He really found himself at the end of the novel and found his purpose in life Red Dillon was the total opposite of Bessie He made him forget about where he was from and his goals for life He pushed Tom farther away from his history He also got him to cheat and drink Tom knew these things were wrong but it stayed in his routine Red tested Tom to his fullest and pushed Tom to work harder Unfortunatley Red did not work quite as hard as Tom and even got Tom to set a deadfall on one of his rides When he was living with the white man he was getting used to the white peoples ways all the while losing site of his Ute history Mary Redmond who was another of Toms influences played a big role in encouraging Toms to change his ideas about life in general She was the one looking over him wile he was staying in the hospital She was the only person that was
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