Compare and Contrast of Fictional and Real Stories based on Saints at the River
The fictional and real story of a drowning in a ferocious rapid river in Oconee, South Carolina correlates and disagrees at numerous times. The recovery efforts are exhausting and tireless in the real story, for Rachel, and the fictional story, for Ruth. However, the recovery efforts differ somewhat, which also leads to other differences in the two accounts. Divergence and consistency can be found between the two stories in the recovery efforts; the fictional story differences made by Ron Rash help make the fictional story more meaningful to me.
The recovery efforts in the fictionalized and factual story have some elements in common. In both stories, a prominent senator appealed and used his authority to allow the Portadam to be used to recover the body of the drowned girl. Also, the parents of the girl were extremely persistent on recovering the body of their daughter no matter what the cost. Studies have shown that most parents want to retrieve and spend time with their child’s body after the death- no matter what condition the body is in. National and international attention was drawn because of the controversy surrounding the recovery. The Wild and Scenic River Act was believed by some to have been violated with the drilling to install the portable dam to retrieve the girl’s body from the place it was trapped. Senator Strom Thurmond requests that the Forest Service work with Portadam Company to install the temporary dam even though it violated The Wild and Scenic River Act. Although, Senator Thurmond’s name is not mentioned in the fictional version, he was being alluded to because of his involvement in the factual version.
The fictional version diverges at points in the novel from the records of recovery efforts in the factual story. Ron Rash places Ruth with her family when she drowns, and her father cannot save her because he never learned to swim even though his daughter...