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Gus at James Duncan's The River Why James Duncan's novel entitled, The River Why, focuses around the main character, Gus, and the way he changes throughout the book. In this publication Gus is finding what life is and that the whole world doesn't revolve around fishing. After moving out of his erratic home he spends all of his time fishing at his remote cottage, but he leaves him miserable and a little mad. He embarks on a search for itself and because of his own beliefs. Duncan changes Gus throughout the publication, making Gus realize that there are more important things to life than sailing, and such items can lead to a happy satisfied life, which in turn will help Gus enjoy life and fishing more. Duncan introduces a personality, Eddy, that considerably changes Gus's views on which he wants in his life and she gives Gus a better feeling of motivation or inspiration. Eddy changes Gus with their very first experience with one another, when Eddy instills in Gus a need to satisfy his lifetime and if they meet up again, completing his need. Fishing is Gus's first passion but he loses it after he puts all of himself into it, and when Eddy comes into his picture Gus feels a need to have more in his lifetime, such as love. Through discovering love he re-finds his passion for fishing and learns more about himself. After Eddy and Gus eventually get together, '' he sees this "balance" between his previous fire, fishing, and his new one, Eddy. Duncan's use of Eddy gives Gus a new found sense of purpose and also to get a more fulfilled life is a critical step in Gus's evolution as a character. That is why Eddy is the most essential character to this publication, because she provides Gus inspiration to find himself. On their first experience with one another Gus is driven by her differences in apparel, techniques and gear. Once she leaves, Gus feels a "need" to meet his empty life. Eventually when she shows back up in his life, Gus then has everything he could ever ask for: a beautiful girl who likes to fish, just like him. He explains how he first sees Eddy on page 151 as: "A barefoot girl. One. A person who wore the top tenth or a lot of everything had long ago been a pair of blue jeans. One who wore a brief, skin-tight, sleeveless sky-colored t-shirt by which disclosed the shape of this" After slipping his way up to the tree at which she sat "motionless", not noticing Gus, his attention is redirected, if not comp...