What are the various themes from Steinbeck's The Red Pony, Chapter 3 "The Promise". Specifically name the theme and provide support from the story.please make your answer longer than 300 words and...

What are the various themes from Steinbeck's The Red Pony, Chapter 3 "The Promise". Specifically name the theme and provide support from the story.

please make your answer longer than 300 words and please provide good supports from the story

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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 another pony, giving him another chance at this rite of passage to grow up.  Jody must bring the mare to the stallion and though Billy tries to get him to leave, Jody insists on staying which takes him through this rite of growing into a man instead of a boy.  When the mare is pregnant, Jody gets excited, but the expected delivery shatters his excitement.  In order to deliver the colt, the mare must be killed which Billy does with a hammer.  The sight of Jody's  new colt is tainted by the death and blood of the mare, reinforcing the theme of death.  Jody is given another chance, but the new chance, while successful in a way, doesn't really change Jody's view of growing up as death and old age become much harder than Jody anticipated.

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