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Authority and respect, two things that are sought after by all men, are obtained by either position or age. “The Wide Net” by Eudora Welty shows the accumulation of these powers by two different men in their separate ways. William Wallace, the man who thinks his wife has committed suicide in the river takes on a strong leadership role in an attempt to drag the Pearl River in search of his wife’s body. Doc, an older male in the story who is the owner of the net tries to take on an authoritative position with his wise character and age acquired respect in the town. When these two characters cross paths on the mission it becomes clear that both are trying to upstage each other and become the dominant figure in the story. When William Wallace decides to drag the river he calls for help from many families but one more item he needs is the net from Doc. He is already in an inferior position because he must request a favor from Doc. He listens to Doc’s long speech and
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