All The Pretty Horses

2221 WordsMay 12, 20179 Pages
Death. If one thing is inevitable in life, it is death. Whether figuratively or literally, the conclusion to anything always comes, and whether for the better or the worse, something new always emerges. Cormac McCarthy’s All The Pretty Horses starts at that conclusion. The death of protagonist John Grady Cole’s grandfather closes one period of his life and as a result a new whole period begins. It explores the new period in his journey throughout Mexico, and it is the one thing that always follows. In his novel, McCarthy uses death as a moving action for the main protagonist, John Grady Cole. A person whose beliefs and dreams lie in the past generation and not in the his time of 1950’s Texas/Mexico, he encounters death frequently…show more content…
They are no longer in the peaceful hacienda setting anymore and are instead in a deep hole which they themselves have to dig out of. Following the murder of Blevins is the scene in the prison where John Grady Cole kills an attacker. That initiates the reveal of John Grady Cole’s violent and wild side. Only when he is on his own near the conclusion of the novel and he suddenly knows that his father has died, is it that he is finally “free” of all ties to the modern world. Therefore it is clear to see the significance that death has in the major plot points of John Grady Cole’s journey throughout All The Pretty Horses. It affects every single thing that he goes through whether he likes it or not. It is the moving action within his journey. It is what sets him off. If it was not for death, he would still be in San Angelo, Texas he would have never done numerous things such as meeting Alejandra and Blevins or being in charge of dozens of horses at a time. In fact, it can be argued that death is not only the moving action within All The Pretty Horses, but also the main antagonist. John Grady Cole begins the novel wanting to stay wherever he is but it always has other plans for him. When talking to Rawlins after the two of them arrive at the hacienda, he even explicitly states that he would like to stay there “about a hundred years” (McCarthy 96). Unbeknownst to him, because of how
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