“Then after a long, reverent pause, Grandfather announced, ‘Now I’d like to bring my son up here’… But my father didn’t move. He just stood there. Like every other man in the crowd, smiling and applauding, while his brother stepped up on the table. Uncle Frank had not hesitated either; he knew immediately that Grandfather was referring to him” (Watson, 37).
This paragraph gives an evidence of how David Hayden viewed his family and why he gave so much importance to his family. The narrator, David Hayden, tries to prove the sour relation had existed between his father Wesley and his uncle Frank. Wesley never liked Frank and David had analyzed it in the entire novel. In the entire novel, Wesley has to face the decisions regarding justice in several cases. Wesley Hayden wanted to be a lawyer but he was forced by his father to become a sheriff. He has always obeyed his father and due to this reason wants to keep the family together.
Montana 1948 reveals the perspectives of family and relations in a very different manner and Larry Watson has interlinked the characters in a manner which make the novel interesting and make the characters real as well as acceptable. The novel creates a massive impact of its readers and does prove the fact that even the world of crime has room for family, love, justice and affection.