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Unformatted text preview: In the rich story of All the Pretty Horses , the variety of themes adds complexity and allows room for multiple interpretations. Loss of innocence and loss of the past are two parallel themes in the novel. The journey, or quest, theme is very important to the book (Cervantes' Don Quixote , another story about a horseback journey of two men, is the only work of literature mentioned in the novel). After embarking on this journey, John Grady and Rawlins are no longer children. Similarly, with the passing of John Grady's grandfather, the old West is also now lost. Family relationships are another important motif in the novel. We learn of John Grady's family and how they affect him and his future. John Grady's mother left him in the care of the Mexican women when he was a baby and remained away from the ranch for a long period of time in his childhood. when he was a baby and remained away from the ranch for a long period of time in his childhood....
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08