A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean, dissects the aspect of family ties, family, tragedy, and forgiveness. These are ideals that transcend time and place. Perhaps that?s the charm of this telling tragedy.
One theme that the author gets his point across and explains the value of family ties is family itself. The author teaches you that family is the only thing you can count on. Family is there for you when the going gets tough, unlike that of your friends. Even when you do not think that anybody cares about you, or what you are remember you can always turn back to family. For instance take Paul who loves street fighting. Paul?s theory about fighting is ?If it looks like a fight is coming, get in the first punch.?(pg.8) Even though Paul fought more times than not, his father, mother, and brother never disowned him, or loved him any less, than if he would not have fought. That is the one thing you cannot count on your friends on. Throughout the novel Paul constantly drinks, except when fishing. ?Although Paul did not drink when he fished he always started drinking when he finished fishing.?( pg 16) Most of the

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