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All the Pretty Horses

McCarthy's prose is dense with figurative literary devices. The examples below are just a small selection. They rode out on the round dais of the earth which alone was dark and no light to it and...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 9:36 am UTC

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In Cormac McCarthy’s “breakthrough” novel All the Pretty Horses, the phrase “ten thousand worlds for the choosing” appears on page 30 of the first American edition. John Grady Cole, the young main...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2011 5:25 am UTC

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The death of John Grady Cole's grandfather doesn't just open a new chapter in his life, it also represents the passing of the Old West. When John's grandfather first built his one-room hovel on the...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2018 8:13 am UTC

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Cormac McCarthy's great Western novel All the Pretty Horses uses horses to symbolize manhood. Typically in the old West, guns were the definition of a man. But here, it's a man's horse: Finally...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2010 2:04 am UTC

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All the Pretty Horses has plenty of themes that appear throughout the book and propel the plot forward. This means that you can feel confident that most of the plot ideas that you pick can be used...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2020 1:50 pm UTC

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When the American and Mexican cowboys ride up into the hills to capture wild horses, an elderly Mexican man serves as their mozo, or camp hand and cook. John Grady is disturbed by the wild horses’s...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2020 9:18 pm UTC

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Cormac McCarthy has said that each of his novels is a wrestling with the God problem. While McCarthy, like John Grady, is an ethical, even religious man, he is too smart to reveal his hand in his...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2010 9:22 am UTC

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In the 1940s before World War II, there was apprehension in the United States that Mexico would side with the Axis powers; fortunately, however, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Mexico declared...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2012 7:03 am UTC

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Up until page 96, Jimmy Blevins gets into trouble twice. First, his superstitious nature leads to the loss of his horse. Then, his impulsive and impatient nature almost gets him and his two...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2018 4:34 pm UTC

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As John Grady Cole takes a solitary ride across the prairie, he is reminded of the Kiowa Indians who came down out of the North. He feels a kinship with these ancient warriors who fought hard for...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2018 7:37 pm UTC

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The phrase "tenantless night" appears early in the novel, when John Grady and Rawlins are journeying out of Texas in pursuit of adventure and a more interesting life. By describing the night as...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2021 1:40 pm UTC

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Willy Nelson’s poignant “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” and Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses share a number of thematic qualities. Chief among them is the shared sense of misplaced...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 12:15 am UTC

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All the Pretty Horses is an award-winning novel by American author Cormac McCarthy. Set in 1949, it tells the story of John Grady Cole, a teenage boy who, upon learning the ranch where his...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2018 11:38 pm UTC

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It is clear that there is a disconnect between John Grady Cole and his mother. John Grady is desperately trying to persuade her to let him run the ranch that, with the death of her father, she now...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2013 11:26 am UTC

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McCarthy likes to add his own spin on things. His simple language and lack of punctuation adds to the gritty, you-are-there-quality of the story. The story seems more real, and you can feel as...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2012 5:40 pm UTC

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The suggestion here is that the prison seems to be built to keep people out instead of being built to keep people in. Most jails and prisons are meant to keep prinsoners from moving, escaping or...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2012 8:59 pm UTC

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All the Pretty Horses is a novel about men who not only use horses in their work (which is primarily with cattle) but also live among horses and believe them to be a very advanced type of animal...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019 11:37 pm UTC

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The stereotypical Western film features a white American hero who is normally a cowboy with a Stetson hat who rides along the frontier from one dusty town to another on a steed who is depicted as...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2013 8:18 am UTC

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Born and bred on Texas ranches, John Grady and Rawlins know just about all there is to know about horses. Their prowess is tested in the first pages of Chapter 2, when they are presented with...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2007 5:17 am UTC

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