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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.
- Spring '08