What are two key experiences that prove to be strong life lessons for Jody in The Red Pony?

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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 protagonist) childhood.

In "The Gift," Jody's beloved pony dies. In this story, the death of the horse is earth-shattering for the boy, but perhaps even more unsettling is the fall of his hero, ranch-hand Billy Buck. Before the death of the pony, Jody idolized Billy. But twice Billy proves to be wrong about the horses health. The pony dies. When Jody discovers the...

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