Throughout part two, Wesley changes his mind a lot but finally shows that he believes that justice is more important than family loyalty. As he identifies the wrong of his brother, he interrogates Marie. David explains, “The next day my father began investigating the accusation Marie had made against his brother”(37). After Wesley discovers about the accusation Marie had made against Frank, he starts to investigate the problem by seeking help from Ollie Young Bear, who’s known as a successful Native American.
Wesley takes the role of investigating his brother’s accusation. He knew from that start it wasn’t gonna be simple. He realizes that it’s gonna be challenging for him and is now in the situation and cannot get out until the problem is solved. This shows that Wes values justice over loyalty because he realizes that he has to do what is right and that is investigating his brother. Later in part two, Wesley talks to Frank about the accusation and made a deal.
As long Frank quits what he’s doing to Native Americans, then Wesley won’t investigate. After they make the deal, the family is on their way home. Wes says to Gail, “I think the problem been taken care of. Frank said he’s going to cut it out” (85). Wesley making a deal with Frank shows loyalty to his brother over justice. If he valued justice, he would still be investigating the problem’s instead of talking Frank out of his problem. At the end of part two, David tells Wesley what he witnessed about Frank. Before the death of Marie, David witnesses something suspicious about Frank and finally tells Wesley about it.
Wesley says, “If Len knows, he’ll keep his mouth shut if I ask him. Or if dad asks him. But he’ll know. There he’ll be after day. With that look. I’m not going to live with that look”(100 ).
Wesley doesn’t want to live with the fact that Len knows he’s covering up a crime. This shows that Wesley values justice over loyalty but he seems to want justice for the wrong reason. He doesn’t want to go to work everyday knowing that Len knows he’s covering up a crime for Frank. Finally, throughout part two Wesley changes his mind a lot but finally shows that he believes that justice is important.
By the end of the novel Wesley has changed completely and is now valuing justice over loyalty. When Gail comes home from work, she is mystified as to why Wesley was looking nervous. Wesley says to Gail, “My brother-your uncle-has run afoul of the law.
I had to arrest him. You understand that don’t you? That I had no choice”(110). Wesley felt like he has to do the right thing which is arresting Frank, but Frank wants to keep it quiet because he doesn’t want to be locked in jail. Wesley locking Frank in the basement shows that he’s starting to favor justice over loyalty. Later in part three, Julian goes to Wesley’s house with anger and argues with Wesley about Frank. Wesley says to Julian, “This isn’t about family, this is legal right” (116). Julian argues why Wesley locked his beloved son Frank in the basement.
Even while battling with his family members, he still choose to do the right thing. He stands for what is right and goes against his father’s desire. He disobeys his father’s order and goes on pursuing justice because it’s not about family anymore, it’s about doing what is legal. By the end of part three, Wesley is full of fatigue and is talking to David about Frank. Wes says to David, “David I believe that in this world people must pay for their crimes.
It doesn’t matter who you are or who your relations are; if you do wrong, you pay. I believe that. I have to” (156). Wesley explains to David that Frank has committed a crime and needs to pay for it.
Wes finally knows what to do about his brother, He stands up for what is legal and upholds justice. He does what most people can’t do which is turning over their family. It was hard for him but he finally understands that people must pay for their crimes and it doesn’t matter who you are or who your relations are. Finally by the end of the novel Wesley has changed completely and is now valuing justice over loyalty. At the start of the novel, Wesley thinks family is more important than justice but after he discovers things about his brother Frank, he realized justice is more important. Wesley is a sheriff of Bentrock whom his brother Frank is accused of taking advantage of his patients. Wesley is is faced to choose between justice and family loyalty.
Montana 1948 reminds us that justice is more important than loyalty. It also teaches us that a person needs to get punished for the crimes they have commited and it doesn’t matter who they are or who their relations are.