Montana 1948 Essay

2061 Words Sep 15th, 2012 9 Pages
English Essay By Raymond Nguyen .
Hello my name is Ray, today I will be discussing the novel we have been studying; Larry Watson's 'Montana 1948". Watson's stereotype of a 1940's housewife is depicted through the characters Enid and Gail. The reader is shown throughout the text of female characters re: to take the backseat in relationships and that their place is in the home. Merce County during the 1940's, this idea is shown to the reader constantly by Larry Watson in the novel. Watson presents this stereotype as one that can be tested; only if first the character chooses to do so. Both Enid and Gail have the power to push these limits and be heard only when they free themselves from the stereo type in question. It is very hard not to
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This may give an insight to why female roles are seen unimportant in the discussion and decision making process. Watson shows us that even though they are not powerless to do anything they lack the last bit to push them over the edge to acceptance but there is a reason for that. ****

Female characters can make important decisions and be heard only if they first truly break from the 1940's stereotype the reader has been consistently shown. Doing so comes at a great cost. We have seen that female characters of Watson's novel can empower themselves this often comes at a cost when acting out of societies expectations of a housewife. We have seen one of the major uprisings of a female character in Marie Little Soldier when she speaks out about Franks wrong doings even Gale does so by repeating the outlandish claims, 'Your brother has molested Indian girls' this action is breaking these characters from the set mould but this in turn comes at a price that neither could afford. As Marie is now dead and Gale exiled from Bentrock, '... two people who only wanted to do right...were now disspossessed'. Maybe this is why females do not speak out to break the mould because they feel the price is too costly. Marie and Gale both made important decisions and proved that there is a price for truly breaking the 1940's housewife stereotype. *****

In Larry Watsons '1948' the reader is shown societies view on the stereotypical housewife is

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