All the Pretty Horses - Keller 1 Cassy Keller AP English...

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Keller 1Cassy Keller AP English LiteratureMrs. Johns9/8/2015All the Pretty HorsesBiographical ResearchCormac McCarthy is an American, Southern Gothic author. He was born Charles McCarthy Jr. in Rhode Island on July twentieth, 1933. He moved several times during his youth, but retained his fascination with the rural American South and Southwest. McCarthy studied liberal arts at the University of Tennessee and later served in the U.S. Air Force. Returning to the university, he published two of his stories and won the Ingram- Merrill Award for creative writing. This would not be his last award. McCarthy later received a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, National Book Award for Fiction, Tahtivaeltaja Award, and became a best-selling author. McCarthy wrote his first book as an auto mechanic with his then wife, Lee Holleman, and son. The author traveled Europe on grants and remarried a woman named Anne DeLisle. The Orchard Keeper,McCarthy’s first novel, was published in 1965. He continued to write southern historic tales with moderate success. After getting a divorce, McCarthy published Suttree, regarded as one of his best works. The Border trilogy, starting with All the Pretty Horses, was theturning point for the novelist. He was finally recognized and praised for his work. McCarthy married Jennifer Winkley and had another son. As technology advanced, McCarthy continued hisart of wordplay through plays, screenplays, and adapted films. His western settings, violence andromance fusion, and minimalistic prose set him apart from other classic authors.
Keller 2Historical ContextSet in west Texas and northern central Mexico1949Several years after World War IIThe West is seen as an opportunity for conquestIdea that the West is dangerous yet scaredImage of the West is the product of culture; real place not always as idealisticoHidden parts revealed in novelCowboy lifestyle is dying outoCowboy still seen as American herooAdvances in technologyMexico and U.S. border unguardedTime of economic prosperityoDisparity in prosperity between racesTension with underlying violence between Texas and MexicoChapter LogsOverviewStory follows John Grady and his adventures in Mexico as a Texan Cowboy.John Grady Cole: Talented, kind-hearted, adventurous, Spanish-speaking, intelligentLacey Rawlins: Playful, pessimistic, loud, loyalJimmy Blevins: Immature, skilled, reserved, delicate, headstrongAlejandra: Attractive, spirited, rebellious, passionateChapter I
Keller 3Summary: Sixteen year old John Grady Cole attends his grandfather’s funeral. He meets with his father and mother in separate visits. His dad gives him a Hamley Formfitter saddle. He asks his mother if he can run the ranch and she says that there is no money in it and that he is too young. John Grady goes to Franklin, a lawyer, to try to legally get the ranch from his mother, but he has no right. John Grady hitchhikes to San Antonio and sees the play his mother is in. John Grady and Rawlins run away from Texas as his ranch is being sold. The boys meet a young

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