Larry Watson's Montana 1948

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Advice from the adult world is great in times of great need. In the novel Montana 1948, written by Larry Watson, an important character is David Hayden. As the protagonist of the story we see events occur through the eyes of a 12 year old. For young readers this is important as they are able to relate to David. They are able so see parallels from David's experiences that show who adults really are and through tough times we can get advice from David. As well as this the novel is a great way to understand 12 year olds and relate to experiences from David. The story is narrated by David Hayden, who is 52 at the time he is telling the story, but is only 12 when the events of the story occur. He recalls the summer of 1948 as the summer everything changed for him. One day David notices that Marie Little Soldier, his Native American babysitter and housekeeper, whom he loves dearly, is sick with a cough. His parents, Gail and Wesley, agree to call Wesley’s brother…show more content…
As we grow up we come to terms with people realising the world isn’t always so perfect. An example of David finding this in Montana 1948 is when David says “Looking in the dead bird’s eye, I realized that these strange, unthought-of connections—sex and death, lust and violence, desire and degradation—are there, there, deep in even a good heart’s chambers.”. This example demonstrates how inside all of us we are not always so perfect. As David is turning into an adult his release to killing the bird, he realises that even in the best of people there is bad within all of us. David’s example that shows us that things aren’t always glorious in the world, therefore this is an important insight to younger people as it helps them realise that growing up isn’t easy. In life you will experience the worst in people, at times unexpectedly, and that this understanding will prepare you for bad occurrences in the

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