Evolution In Gift Of Cochise, All The Pretty Horses, And The Cornian
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Consequently, as evidenced by the protagonists’ evolution in Gift of Cochise, All the Pretty Horses, and The Martian, the foretold frontier hero defined in Turner frontier hypothesis only earns claim to the title of hero after prospering in the face of unplanned isolation and proving their worth as a rugged individual.
While Angie openly embraces the tumultuous life on the frontier for the sake of her family in The Gift of Cochise, her heroism grows only after the abandonment of her husband through her steadfast resolve to stand up against the ostensibly unjust Cochise. L’amour conspicuously insinuates that the initial motivation behind Angie’s move westward is to support her husband and her future family. Her choice of settlement most clearly illuminates her truly family-focused intentions on moving west, choosing a home “with grass, water, and shelter from the wind, [that] Angie with an Irish eye for the land saw would grow crops” (L’amour 58). L’amour’s description of Angie’s familial role undoubtedly evidences her unusually high power in her marital relationship. Her ability to dictate her family’s housing location bifurcates her from the rest of the 19th century women of her time, but she never truly encapsulates the spirit of Turner’s western hero while with Ed Lowe. Her implicit subservience to Ed in the eyes of outsiders prevents her initially from exhibiting her heroic qualities, until she loses Ed in the gunfight. Her advancement along the frontier after the loss