In addition, from Hemingway, McCarthy gets inspiration for his characters. Men of few words who camp, hunt, and fish, men who have their own codes and try to do right, be brave, and perform with grace — these are the characters who influence McCarthy's cowboys in the Border Trilogy books. In John Grady and Rawlins' sidekick, Blevins, who joins the two boys near the border, we find a quite Faulknerian character, one who brings to the novel humor as well as danger, with his tenacious single-mindedness. Finally, when noting the influences of other writers on McCarthy's work, we cannot overlook Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . The similarities are striking: A young boy runs away from home to seek adventure and fortune, and, in the process, he must mature, grow, and learn to survive in a world different from the one he imagined. A brief comment on language and culture in
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