Legends Of The Fall Analysis

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The last Novella in Jim Harrison’s “Legends of the Fall,” entitled Legends of the Fall, recounts the story of three brothers and the connections that link them together throughout their lives. Tristan seems to be the dominant subject of the accounts and plays some role in most of the events throughout the forty to fifty-year tale. Only fleeting moments make up the majority of the tale, which gives us an idea of how short-lived life is, and why we must make the most of what we have and look past the flaws. We first read about the Col. Ludlow’s three sons, Tristan, Alfred, and Samuel, who are leaving Montana to go to Canada to enlist in WW1. Telling this story takes nearly half the pages and is grim start to the book. A lot of young men were forced to grow up fast during war time. Just as often, the opportunity to grow up was taken from many young men during times of war. Both Samuel and Tristan were robbed of their youths.
Samuel was shot to death, after being affected by mustard gas on the battlefield. Upon hearing
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Life moves quickly, and there are few things to truly cherish. Love, family, and friends being of the upmost importance. I kept coming back to two things while I read this. The first a quote from the beginning of the titled story. “Against the popular misconception, cowboys never did own ranches. They were not much more than the expert, wandering hippies of their day, Cossacks of the range who knew animals much better than each other.” (152, Harrison) I think this quote really sets this story off, the cluelessness of the men in the family, and their actions throughout the book. The second was John Fogerty’s song “Tomorrow Never Comes.” I suppose while not entirely fitting, there is no answer to the question why. There is nothing our parents can do to completely prepare us for this world, and we just stumble through it the best we

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