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Power And Priviledges In Montana 1948 By Larry Watson

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Power is a great privilege to have and a person can take advantage of the power if they have it. Getting the privilege of power can be abused and misused depending on the person it is given to. Sometimes if the power lands in the wrong person’s hands they can use it to benefit themselves. In the novel called Montana 1948 by Larry Watson, the power of the law is being abused in the situations occurring throughout the book. Having power and privileges can make a great impact on your life and other people’s lives and give you a variety of advantages.
If you are a deputy of the town, of course there’s a time when you can use it to your advantage. For example, Julian Hayden was the previous ...view middle of the document...

Frank Hayden may get away with things, but what exactly is he getting away with? Well he has molested his patients, to be more precise his Native American patients. Marie Little Soldier revealed Frank’s actions to Gail Hayden and once Gail told her husband Wesley he wasn’t as surprised, “And my father knew he was guilty”(54). Oddly the family was not that surprised to hear about Frank’s crimes, but probably would not expect it from a person like Frank due to his power of being a doctor and getting respect from everyone.
Additionally, abusing power and your privileges can be sometimes good if it is used at the right time. Wesley uses his power of being a sheriff to arrest Frank, “He’s in the basement. Don’t you get it- I’ve arrested him. He’s down there now”(109). Arresting Frank was the right thing to do because even if he is family, Wesley knows inside that no matter who it was, they have to pay for their crimes. Julian and his wife go to the Hayden house and demands Wes to release...

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