Montana 1948

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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…show more content…
They have the power to sway opinions but not completely change them because doing so comes at a great price. Men ultimately make the final decisions in Watsons' text but when the females break free from their perceived place in the home it can completely change the situation. English Essay By Raymond Nguyen .. ‘The characters Gail and Enid reinforce the idea that a woman’s place is in the home, and men make all the decisions’ Hello, my name is Ray and this is my speech. Gail and Enid strengthened the idea of what women were like in 1940’s, and they did as their male figures advised. This statement is not true, as Larry Watson explores the stereotypical times in the 1940s and goes about the book with Gail and Enid as very different women to each other, Gail challenges this stereotype and Enid is exactly what you would imagine. The two women have some similarities and all the men make the decisions but when it comes to differences the two women have a lot of them and Marie is a perfect example of what both of them are like. First of all, Gail and Enid have lots of differences but when it comes to family they both ignore their males and do anything to protect family loyalty. When everything is going horrible and Frank is in the basement making a mess of things, Gail turns to Wes and says “Let him go. Let him do

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