Of chapter one, if the description of the Bragg house is symbolic of the bragg character, what might it show?
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Frank's description of the Bragg house does characterize the Bragg family in many ways. His details, like the "big house, ungainly and monolithic, with tall Victorian windows and bellying bays and broad brick chimeys" suggest a former greatness about the Bragg family (4). In past generations, the Bragg family stood tall and proud, much like the house which was "the show piece of River Road," but now the house feels shabby and outmoded. Frank really does use the house as a parallel for Randy Bragg. He feels that he lives in the shadow of his former and great ancestors who had been Senators and ambassadors, when he cannot even get elected to the state legislature. Despite his political short-comings, Randy respects the history of his family home, recognizing its inherent reflection of his family's traditions and values.
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