A River Runs Through It Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Maclean's stories in this collection are based on real-life characters whom Norman feels are larger than life, certainly larger than himself. What character traits does Norman have that the other characters do not? Why is he just as important to the stories as the other characters he seems to admire?

Essay Topic 2

The Maclean family learns its lessons through times spent fly fishing. What is the significance of fly fishing and what does it symbolize in the story A River Runs Through It? Do you think Norman and Paul appreciate the metaphors provided by their father? Or do they tire of the examples and consider them to be too nostalgic to be appropriate to their current lives?

Essay Topic 3

In spite of their differences, Norman and Paul have learned to respect each other. Name some of the qualities and behaviors that differentiate the two brothers. How...

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