She tells him that someone had seen him ride her Arabian on the night they met at the lake and that her grandaunt found out about it. All the Pretty Horses Essay Topic: There are many reoccurring themes throughout All the Pretty Horses. The two of them are more noticeable, though Blevins is most of all. The resulting collection is known as The Border Trilogy. However, I was completely wrong on making the judgment by its cover — title. John reaches America, searching for the true owner of Blevins' horse, but never finds anyone to claim it. He returns the next night to meet Duena Alfonsa.
He's attacked in the cafeteria and gravely injured, but Cole kills his attacker. He was caught by the authorities, who immediately went searching for his accomplices. Family relationships are another important motif in the novel. When understanding information about the cultural and historical background, it helps with interpreting what other literary devices mean as well. Rawlins asks if John Grady has told his father about leaving, and he says no.
John Grady and Rawlins ride south and eventually encounter a beautiful, magical little cattle ranch known as the Hacienda de Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción, run by one Don Héctor Rocha y Villareal. He walks up Broadway and watches his mother walk through the lobby of the Menger Hotel on the arm of a man in a suit. The boy's father suffers physical and mental illness resulting from the Second World War. The boys use horses in many ways throughout the novel, such as companions and as means of transportation or escape. The scene is ridiculous and almost comic, except for the deadly reminder of the pistol shots.
They find work there, and impress everyone by breaking in 16 wild horses in less than 4 days. When he returns, his parents have been murdered and six horses stolen. This drives John crazy into her charms, their love affair begins to blossom, as it emerged from a slow and tentative one. In 1992, a number of events accelerated this process. Although readers may not know the direct translation of the Spanish, much of it is clear from the context of the surrounding English text. Keep in mind that All the Pretty Horses is set in west Texas and Mexico, so many of the characters, including John Grady, are bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish.
The symbolism here is that of a character whose energy and aspirations for western lifestyle are being confined to a location that is changing and slowly vanishing. Throughout the novel, the author does not fail to use romantic and emotional language to describe horses and their connections to humans. They play chess over tea and she insinuates that she does not want him involved with Alejandra. For three days, John Grady and Rawlins ride behind the uniformed officers, cuffed to their horses. 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. They learn Blevins had escaped his pursuers but subsequently returned to the village where he had recovered his horse, this time to retrieve the pistol.
Billy digs up his brother's body and brings his remains home. It is in Chapter 2, that the two friends arrive at the Hacienda de Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepcion. The only reason Rocha didn't kill John Grady himself was because he was afraid his daughter might take her own life. Still, failing to claim responsibility is hardly the same thing as selling someone into slavery—indeed, John Grady seems shocked that the man is actually serious. Rawlins is stabbed after the two refuse to bribe one of the influential prisoners, a man named Perez, and the two lose touch again. John Grady greets them in Spanish and asks if they have something to eat.
He talks to the family's lawyer, who tells him that his parents are divorced and there's nothing he can do. Both men survive the attacks--with John Grady killing his assailant--but they are badly wounded, and end up in the hospital's infirmary. In fact, I think that he is able to understand the horses more than he does about men. A brief comment on language and culture in All the Pretty Horses. By the end of 1993, had sold 180,000 hardcover copies and more than 800,000 copies in paperback. For many years, he had been steadily gaining credibility as a 'writer's writer', poised for a breakthrough to the mainstream.
John Grady and Rawlins, having committed to helping Blevins, are now implicated in his frantic escape and have no choice but to follow him out of town. During the time, the cowboy era was fading in the West for a more cosmopolitan lifestyle. The aunt recounts her own story of love and loss, and says, though it might seem she would be sympathetic to her own grandniece's desire, it, in fact, has the opposite impact; she opposes their involvement. To be sure, in the last novel of the trilogy, more corruption is present than in the first two books. He thinks that his journey will be a romantic and passionate one, like the horses he loves, and will strengthen his view of the world. Cole makes plans to leave for Mexico with his friend, Lacey Rawlins.
Together they all drive the cattle west and then south to a road. In the end, after a brief encounter, Alejandra decides she must keep her promise to her family and refuses John Grady's marriage proposal. But when John Grady and Rawlins tell him that they have no money to pay, Perez lets them know that they are doomed. He finds out from Rawlins that his father has died. The gerente writes down their names in his book, and they shake hands and walk into the darkness, a foreign world made slightly more familiar by the squares of window light. During this era, Westward expansion correlates with of cowboys came back.
From there, they ride approximately 180 miles farther, to a well-situated hacienda, where they land jobs as cowboys. Rawlins holds his rifle in the air and they look like a band of marauders. They camp at the edge of a plain, and when Rawlins asks, Blevins says he last ate several days ago. Cormac McCarthy blends characters that connect to any reader with his unique and unmatched writing and prose. The result is recognition of the parallel between open terrain and his character, each one exemplifying one another and in the end explains the enlightenment he struggles for. John was mesmerized by her beauty and he fell in love but she too noticed John and they made a connection. The horses in the novel represent strength, untamed passion, and most importantly, freedom of spirit.