All the Pretty Horses pg. 122-151 QCC

All the Pretty Horses pg. 122-151 QCC - Grady control their...

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Karthik Patange 2/22/2008 QCC: All the Pretty Horses Pg. 122-151 Quote: “I lost my fingers in a shooting accident, she said…. I’m going to guess that the scar on your cheek was put there by a horse. Yes mam. It was my own fault…. Scars have a strange power to remind us that our past is real. The events that cause then can never be forgotten, can they?” (135) Context: John Grady Cole is invited to meet Dueña Alfonsa, Alejandra's grandaunt and godmother. They play chess over some tea and she starts a conversation about how Alejandra will be in Mexico with her mother for two weeks and will come back to the ranch during the coming summer. She insinuates that she doesn't want her grandniece involved with him. Commentary: The narrative structure with Dueña Alfonsa and John becomes increasingly tense as Dueña doesn’t want John to become too close to Alejandra. In this way, John Grady evolves from being a hero-premature and determined- to being a victim. In the previous chapters, Rawlins and John
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Unformatted text preview: Grady control their surroundings and are confident in this control. They believed in their ability to control their environment, but as the novel progresses, the reader sees their delusion. With John Grady’s confrontation with a family member, he reveals his vulnerability to those in power and strong social structures. This explicit conversation (as well as the one with Don Hector Rocha) foreshadows John Grady's fate: at the end of the chapter, John Grady loses his heroic luster. Dueña Alfonsa restates that no matter how noble his intentions, John will have no say in his fate once he attempts to transition from being a foreigner to being a family member. The outsider with no knowledge of a society's customs realizes who ultimately has power. In Alfonsa’s eyes John Grady is no longer a righteous cowboy, but a "Quixote," a foolhardy boy trying to reason his way out of a country he knows little about....
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2010 for the course ENGLISH 29573 taught by Professor Roberts during the Spring '08 term at Southern Maryland.

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