River Runs Through It

1218 WordsJun 8, 20125 Pages
A River Runs Through it A River Runs Through it is a story about the relationship between two brothers. The younger brother Paul has problems. He is a gambler, a drinker, and is short on cash, but his main problem is that he will not allow his older brother, Norman, to help him. Paul refuses to accept his older brothers aid and moreover refuses to even listen to what his brother has to say. In order to make his brother listen Norman will be forced to confront his brother, something that he is not willing to do. Norman and Paul have never fought physically. They are equally good at street fighting and do not want to have to figure out who would win as this would cause their relationship to be destroyed. Norman ultimately allows and…show more content…
By acknowledging that his brother is really in trouble, Norman would have to first confront his conscience and help Paul. Norman remains in this box because he never gets up the courage to really confront his brother. Norman is not willing to take the chance of fighting with his brother in order to help him. As the readers nears the end of the book, they come across a conversation between Norman and his father. “Help is giving part of yourself to somebody who comes to accept it willingly and needs it badly.” This is figurative language because in order to help someone else we do not literally have to give a piece of our body to another. Rather we have to be willing to put in our time and show our feelings in order to help. Norman is clearly unwilling to give himself to Paul. He is not willing to really share with Paul his thoughts and advice. Therefore, the advice that Normans father gives to him is not all that useful. In addition, Paul is not willing to accept it. The father says that it must be to someone who comes to accept it willingly. Paul will never come to Norman because he does not want to seem weak. Also, he is not at all willing to listen to Norman and allow his help. Because of Norman and Pauls characteristics the advice that the father provides is not really going to help. In the end this proves true because Norman does not give himself up and Paul is not willing to accept.
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