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The Red Pony

Jody's father, Carl, is very much a man's man—tough, resilient, and very masculine. In keeping with the prevailing conventions of the time, he is also emotionally distant from his son. As such, he...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2018, 11:57 am (UTC)

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The primary conflict in the four stages of The Red Pony concerns Jody's relationships with the adults around him as he grows closer and closer to adulthood. In "The Gift," Jody discovers that his...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2010, 12:32 pm (UTC)

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The Red Pony

The Red Pony is a coming of age story about ten-year-old Jody Tiflin. A major conflict in the novel is that between life and death. In each of the four stories that comprise the text, Jody learns...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020, 6:28 pm (UTC)

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The color of the pony has a double meaning. The first pony is red because that is a description of the color. The second one is red when it is born, because the mother had to die. When Jody first...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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The mountains are dear and terrible to Jody for two reasons. First, he knows little about the mountains surrounding his home. They remain a mystery to him, and since he is not allowed to explore...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018, 5:01 pm (UTC)

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Mr. Tiflin, who is Jody's father, and Bill, who is Mr. Tiflin's only farmhand, ride their horses to Salinas, where Mr. Tiflin purchases a beautiful red pony and brings him back for Jody. Jody is...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019, 6:30 pm (UTC)

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Nellie, Jody's mare in The Red Pony, was having trouble giving birth because the colt was turned the wrong way inside her. Billy knew that she would trying to give birth and that the colt would...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2007, 1:29 am (UTC)

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Gitano left because Jody's father made it quite clear that he was not welcome to stay. Carl Tiflin "didn't like to be cruel, but he felt he must", because he couldn't afford "food...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2008, 5:48 am (UTC)

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As soon as the six boys set eyes on the red pony, they are immediately filled with newfound admiration and respect for Jody. Previously, they'd regarded Jody as just a little kid dressed in...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019, 5:51 am (UTC)

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Carl says that he doesn't like trick horses. He believes "it takes all the - dignity out of a horse to make him do tricks". Carl likens a trick horse to "an actor - no dignity, no...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2009, 8:15 am (UTC)

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In John Steinbeck’s book The Red Pony, “Black Demon” is the name Jody gives to a horse that has yet to be born. Nellie, a mature horse, is pregnant and is carrying the pony, but when it comes time...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012, 2:56 am (UTC)

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In the beginning of the book, Jody enjoys the dogs and views them somewhat as companions. After the frenzied greeting the dogs lowered their noses to the ground in a businesslike way and went...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012, 3:46 pm (UTC)

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A rapier is a long, thin sword. The rapier belongs to the old man, Gitano. Gitano seems like an old cowboy, a vestige of the Mexican occupation of their land. Jody sees Gitano with a rapier one...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2016, 4:57 am (UTC)

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In the third section of Steinbeck's "The Red Pony," Jody is given another chance at having a pony. He watches the mating of his father's mare to a stallion, and waits for the mare to become...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2008, 7:30 am (UTC)

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Jody is young and obedient, but he is also sensitive and thoughtful. The story describes his coming of age from a naive boy to a hardened young man. When the story starts, we learn that Joy is...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012, 1:42 pm (UTC)

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The tone of The Red Pony is mournful, and in some parts uplifting. Tone is the author's attitude toward a subject. The story is about a boy who gets a pony and then has to watch it die. Although...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2013, 4:43 pm (UTC)

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In Steinbeck's early novella, The Red Pony, the main character, Jody Tiflin receives a red colt from his father which he names Gabilan. In Spanish, gabilan or gavilan, means sparrow hawk. It is the...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016, 1:31 am (UTC)

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The tone of the story is simple and straightforward, but there are signs of foreboding. Tone is the author’s attitude toward the subject. Although you could consider the tone misleading in that in...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012, 3:54 pm (UTC)

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The Red Pony by John Steinbeck tells of a young boy's entrance into manhood. Throughout the novel, Jody faces numerous conflicts and disappointments that chip away at his youth. One event which...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2018, 8:55 pm (UTC)

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Gitano is holding a rapier when Jody enters his room. Gitano is an old man who comes to Jody’s farm because he misses the mountains. His family used to own the land Jody’s parents own now. He...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2013, 4:52 am (UTC)

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Steinbeck's "The Red Pony" is divided into four parts: "The Gift," "The Great Mountains," "The Promise" and "The Leader of the People." Each story reflects on key moments in Jody's (the young...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2007, 11:35 pm (UTC)

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The Red Pony

In the book, Jody finds a new, red pony waiting for him in the barn one morning. However, even before he manages to get used to the idea of a pony in his life, his no-nonsense father, Carl, gives...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016, 8:43 pm (UTC)

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The protagonist in The Red Pony is young Jody Tiflin who lives on a ranch with his mother and father. Jody is no longer the child he had once been, but he is not yet the man he will become. The...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2009, 9:05 am (UTC)

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The story happens in the early twentieth century although Jody's grandfather makes reference to his own youth (the 1800s) and experiences out West. He says that he had kept travelling west and...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2009, 4:10 pm (UTC)

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The Great Depression began with the crash of the stock market in October of 1929 ending the 1920's era of prosperity. The depression deepened with the failure of thousands of banks throughout the...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2008, 12:39 pm (UTC)

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The Red Pony

I will provide a brief summary of the story here, but for further study, please check out the comprehensive summary that Enotes has provided for The Red Pony at the link referenced below. In the...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2009, 7:57 am (UTC)

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All of the themes in Steinbeck's "The Red Pony" revolve around painful lessons of maturity. In the first section, "The Gift," Jody learns that gifts come with strings. "Nearly all of his father's...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2007, 2:26 pm (UTC)

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Jody names the colt "Gabilan", after the mountains that lie to the east of the family's farm in central California.

Latest answer posted December 4, 2007, 10:16 am (UTC)

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In “The Gift” Jody is a ten year old, obedient and naïve boy. He doesn’t question anything he is told. He seems satisfied with his life. His father was a disciplinarian. Jody obeyed him in...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012, 5:29 pm (UTC)

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The Red Pony”is four stories about a boy going through the process of growing up on a ranch in California. Jody Tiffin goes through several experiences that force him to face his feeling and to...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2008, 6:41 am (UTC)

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"The Great Mountains" is the second story in Steinbeck's "The Red Pony". Jody is bored. He is in a bad mood and he kills a bird and then hides it so no grown-ups will know...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2008, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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Jody has become adept at watching the animals, as they prepare to give birth. He must endure tragic life lessons, like the pain and death that happens in life. He applies the lessons he has learned...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2007, 1:53 am (UTC)

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You can read the introduction to The Red Pony at books.google.com. You can also read a portion of the book at amazon.com. Search for the title, then click on the link to "search inside this book."...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2009, 3:34 am (UTC)

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The most significant place in The Red Pony is the ranch itself. The story takes place in the 1930's. Most of Jody’s life is confined to the ranch outside Salinas, California. Jody is clearly...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012, 1:56 pm (UTC)

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Jody fears many things during the training Gabilan. Insofar as riding, Jody fears being thrown from the horse and not having the courage to get back on.

Latest answer posted February 7, 2007, 4:44 am (UTC)

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The Red Pony

In "The Gift," Jody is given his first pony, a red-colored colt called Gabilan. The colt quickly falls ill and Jody seeks advice from Billy Buck—a ranch hand known to be good with horses, and for...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019, 6:36 am (UTC)

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Carl is presented in this novella as a rather distant and emotionally isolated individual. He is a very hard-working individual, and he does identify that his son has been worthy of receiving some...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2012, 3:46 pm (UTC)

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Life in 19th century America was complex and changing. On the technological level, the industrial revolution was spreading through the nation, linking eastern and western United States with the...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2008, 3:10 am (UTC)

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When the pony, Gabilan, is very ill, having trouble breathing and only taking air in with an unnatural whistling, hissing sound, Billy helps the pony breathe by cutting a small hole into his...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2016, 8:56 pm (UTC)

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Steinbeck's book The Red Pony is divided into four sections with your question having to do with section three, The Promise. Several themes show up in this section where Billy promises Jody...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2012, 3:00 pm (UTC)

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Jody's father gets the pony at a sheriff's auction in Salinas. Billy explains to Jody that "a show went broke in Salina and had debts...the sheriff was selling off their stuff" (Chapter 1).

Latest answer posted November 9, 2007, 6:46 am (UTC)

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Jody is often fearful of and intimidated by his father. He has a quiet, mild personality and is usually very curious about his surroundings. He is very easy to teach and eager to learn, and he...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2009, 7:48 am (UTC)

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