Montana 1989

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David Hennessey
Profesor Trump
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7 December 2015
Analysis of Racism in Montana 1948
Racism, a mental state that is derived from the divergence of groups, has impacted history through centuries, even in the contemporary world. Racism is a power that can decide the fate of a whole race, or the life of a person. In Montana 1948, Marie, an Indian girl, is a tragedy caused by racism of white people who show prejudice in different levels against Native
Americans. Racism is a theme that the author clearly wants to present in his novel. In this paper I will explore racism and analyze its influence to the plot and characters of the novel.
This novel shows how racism affects individual's behaviors. Among the three people who show racism—Wesley, Julian, Frank—-their prejudice influences the plot in different ways.
Wesley's prejudice to Native is much like an inherent discrimination from a high-status person to a low-status person, which contains less malice compared to the other two characters. Wesley's racism actually does not have significant impact on advancing the plot; however, Julian's discrimination distorts his judgment to the abusive behaviors of his son, Frank. For his prejudice to Native Americans and preference to Frank, he weakens the severity of his son's crime and send his employee to release Frank from the basement of Wesley's house with violence. Last,
Frank' racism is more like a contempt of Native Americans's social status and human rights, and results in his abusive behaviors toward Indian girls and the ignorance of their human rights. His

Hennessey 2 discrimination is not depicted expressly but causes the struggle that derived from divergent attitudes to Frank's crime among family members.
Although Wesley is generally depicted as a positive character, he shows racial behaviors in the first chapter in both…...

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