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  1. Introduction
  2. The spirituality tied directly to the Montana wilderness
  3. The Macleans' respect for nature and Neal's blatant disrespect of it
  4. Dissuading the viewer from something the society has told the viewer his or her entire life
  5. Conclusion

In Robert Redford's beautiful adaptation of A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean, Norman and Paul Maclean seek to find the purpose for their lives growing up under the guidance of their Scottish- Presbyterian Minister father, in a Montana setting that could be described as no less than majestic. Through both Norman's success and Paul's struggle Redford teaches his viewers many things about life, love, and family. Through the Maclean family and the Montana wilderness Redford attempts to show his viewers the spirituality connected with nature, the importance of family, and the beauty, grace, and tranquility of leading a modest life.

[...] Fishing, Spirituality, and the Simple Life: A River Runs Through It In Robert Redford's beautiful adaptation of A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean, Norman and Paul Maclean seek to find the purpose for their lives growing up under the guidance of their Scottish- Presbyterian Minister father, in a Montana setting that could be described as no less than majestic. Through both Norman's success and Paul's struggle Redford teaches his viewers many things about life, love, and family. Through the Maclean family and the Montana wilderness Redford attempts to show his viewers the spirituality connected with nature, the importance of family, and the beauty, grace, and tranquility of leading a modest life. [...]


[...] It is in this simple life of tranquility and modesty that Redford attempts to persuade his viewers real happiness lies, and that money and possessions can never make one truly happy. Through A River Runs Through It, Redford masterfully shows viewers that America has strayed from living life the way it was meant to be led. Redford shows us the supernatural power of nature through the beautiful Montana setting, the importance of family through the Macleans, and also the joy of a humble, simplistic life led by the Macleans. Redford shows us that the beauty of a [...]

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