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Cormac McCarthy

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all-the-pretty-horses-cormac-mccarthyRomanticism & RealityJohn Grady believes in the power of love, but brute realism is often more powerful.ViolencePeople may pursue harmony, but there is no life without conflict and bloodshed.Coming of AgeJohn Grady searches for fulfillment, loses his innocence, and finds purpose.Coming of Agewith Ideals IntactTHEMESReligionSymbolizes John Gradys journey to understand life and Gods willBloodSymbolizes the price John Grady pays for what he loves—horses, Alejandra, his life HorsesRepresent connection with centuries of adventure, romance, and battleSymbolsAll the Pretty Horsesby the NumbersVolumes in the Border Trilogy, of which All the Pretty Horses is the first3Year McCarthy won the Pulitzer Prize for The Road2007Year a major film adaption of the novel was released starring Matt Damon as John Grady20002Literary awards the novel won in 1992: the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle AwardJohn Grady, Part 1hat the hell reason you got for stayin? You think somebodys goin to die and leave you somethin?Main CharactersFriendshipRomanceFamilyLacey RawlinsJohn Gradys impatient best friend and traveling companionJohn Grady ColeTeenager skilled with horses; passionate about his valuesJimmy BlevinsRunaway; follows John Grady and Rawlins to MexicoThe CaptainBrutal Mexican lawman; murders BlevinsDon Héctor Rocha y VillarealWealthy Mexican ranch ownerAlejandraDon Rochas beautiful daughter; secretly has an affair with John GradyDueña AlfonsaAlejandras educated, manipulative great-auntMurdersSources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, IMDb, National Book Critics Circle, National Book Foundation, The Pulitzer Prizes Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.McCarthy, who grew up in Tennessee, went to Texas in his 30s and endured poverty as a budding writer. His award-winning fiction—including short stories, plays, screenplays, and novelsoften uses Western settings, sparse sentences, and stark images in the Southern gothic style.AuthorCORMAC MCCARTHYBORN 1933As the last in a line of Texas ranchers, John Grady Cole is exiled from the only life he has known. He and a friend ride off on their horses to Mexico on an idealizedyet treacherous—journey to realize their dreams. Trouble with the law follows when John Grady falls in love, but through pain and loss he gains wisdom.Cormac McCarthy1992EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageAll the Pretty HorsesAdventure

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