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Being a relative means that you should look the other way Discuss this point of view with reference to Montana 1948 One of the themes in Montana 1948 is that of whether looking the other way if a family member does something completely wrong is right or not This is what Davids father Wesley had to decide in the novel when his brother committed a horrible crime that changed his familys life forever Frank was the local doctor in Montana and also the brother of Wesley He was found out to have been sexually assaulting Indian girls who were his patients and when one of them happened to tell somebody about it he murdered her Wesley then had to decide whether he was going to enforce the law like he should as the sheriff of the town or whether he should turn his back on the law and forget that Frank had done what he had done His father Julian was completely set on the idea of letting Frank go free even though he had broken the law In parts of the story he actually threatens Wesley as he believes he is handling the situation totally wrong He is also racist against the native Indians which is shown in the quote What the hell am I supposed to think Screwing an Indian Or feeling her up or whatever You dont lock up a man for that You dont lock up your brother A respected man a war Hero In the novel Julian is shown to have no respect for Franks victims and finds the Indians to be inferior to his family Wesley is really shocked when he is first told about Franks wrong doings and kind of goes into denial He really wishes he didnt have to deal with the problem because he knows what trouble it could cause tension between family members if he had to arrest Frank
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