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Relationships at Norman MacLean's A River Runs Through It "Finally the watcher joined the river, and there was just one of us. I feel it was the lake." The river that Norman Maclean speaks of in A River Runs Through It works as a connection, a tie, holding together the relationships between Norman and his acquaintances in this distant society. Although "It's" is not outwardly defined from the novella there is definite evidence "It" is the personality of these people and that the lake is running through each individual character acting as the simple thread connecting this diverse set of people. With the support of the river these Montana residents are able to teach as well as learn from each other. Since the time of the Indians, dads have been teaching sons the manners of this river and the Maclean family is no different. Paul and Norman learn from a young age first the best way to pray, read the Bible, and then fly fish out of their own father. For your Maclean family "that there isn't any clear line between faith and fly-fishing" and their dad is a Presbyterian preacher who incorporates all of these classes to the river. He changes from telling them "about Christ's disciples being fishermen" to instructing them "to approach the artwork (of fly-fishing) Marine- and - Presbyterian- style" alongside the river. Together that river his sons get "as many hours of instruction in fly fishing as in the rest of the spiritual matters" which makes the river a pivotal part of everyday life. "Although Paul was three years younger than Norman?he was already far ahead in anything relating to fishing" with their early teens. Paul quickly passes Norman along with his dad in skillful fishing but more than that he obtained more personality. His father...