After the John Grady and his friend find a job as cowboys at a ranch, “John Grady quickly proves himself a master horseman when, with Rawlins' (friend) help, he successfully breaks a group of sixteen horses in only three days, a remarkable feat.” (sparknotes). McCarthy creates man vs. man, making this a man “thing” that he did what he was supposed to, he ain't the type of kid to mess around. He’s the type of kid that gets the job done when needed. The owner of the ranch is named Don Hector Rocha whom has a daughter named Alejandra, who is looked after by Duena Alfonsa (Aunt).
A mix of well acted emotions, a choice of words and stunning good looks make John a dangerously charming character. Throughout John’s visit at the reserve he repeatedly charms all the women of Otter Lake, but mainly Maggie. When John stops on
The horses in the novel are also a tool used to help connect all of the characters. John Grady’s horse has connected him to his whole family including: his parents, grandfather, and other ancestors. They have also connected the men with the women, including John’s parents. John’s dad tells him that his father and his mother had a passion for horses and they thought that was enough for them to get married. Throughout the novel these horses were the main focus, and also brought John together with some of the main characters; John, Blevin, Don Hector, an Alejandra.
Alma is one of the main characters that Cristina Henriquez focuses on in The Book of Unknown Americans. Based on her internal dialogue, Alma is overly critical of herself. After all these years she still blames herself for what's happened to Maribel. Due to her critical nature she's also very wary of everyone and everything especially if it concerns Maribel. She was wary first of Mayor, then of her neighbors. She never truly approves Mayor and Maribel's relationship either. Alma does not show compassion. I don't think she will show compassion towards herself until she finally accepts the fact that Maribel's brain damage isn't her fault. The good note is that in the end she begins to understand that fact. Because of Alma's perspective towards life she's not really good at interacting with others. The person she gets along with the best is Celia because they reminisce about where they came, speaking in Spanish and pointing out the differences between their country and America. Her inability to make connections is due to her criticalness and her wariness. She doesn't hold herself too well during difficult situations. For example, she worked up a lot of courage
She is compassionate towards people even though there is nothing to look forward to. Even in the worst circumstances a human can endure, she relies on her faith and never gives
Throughout “All the Pretty Horses” by Cormac McCarthy, the main character John Grady Cole is submitted to many evils as he tries to find his own place in the world. In his own personal quest for a happy ending, John represents the idealized cowboy of the Old Wild West uncovering the truth of the violent and deadly landscape he encounters. John Grady attempts to mesh together his romanticised cowboy honor code into a land that concedes nothing to nobility and the only winner is the one who survives. Only through his many trials and beatings does John Grady begin to accept the world for what it is, a place that does not contain only pretty horses; however, he still manages to remain true to himself and what he believes in. From the beginning of “All the Pretty Horses,” John Grady Cole faces threats from the modern world towards the cowboy life he admires so much.
Again, this is why he went to Mexico. John Grady has experienced loss, remorse, and regret by the time All The Pretty Horses tells us that his ranch is being sold. What John Grady has not experienced yet is violence, for if he had, he would have known that his Cowboy dream could not be a reality no matter where he
Chapter Two: All The Pretty Horses In spite of difference ideologies, race, nationality, and gender, All the Pretty Horses has been credited with representing a new cowboy protagonist who is coming to conflict and ruin as he rides through landscape. Although the 16 years adolescent John Grady Cole reflects the culture of Texas ranching, All The Pretty Horses responds to the frontier 's modernization. The protagonist, John Grady Cole is conscious that something is 'happing to country '.
Robert Cohn, Jake’s friend from tennis, embodies feminine traits. Cohn’s effeminate behavior demonstrated by his following Brett around, helplessly in love. In the text, Mike Campbell, Brett’s fiancé, points this failure and weakness out by saying, “’Tell me, Robert. Why do you follow Brett around like a poor bloody steer?’” (146).
Maria Concepcion”, a short story by Katherine Anne Porter, revolves around the seemingly simple life of Maria Concepcion. At the beginning of the short story, Maria is married to a man who goes by the name of Juan and has a child on the way. She has a stable business by selling different animals, and life seemed to be on the right track. That is until Juan leaves Maria for two years with a fifteen-year-old beekeeper named Maria Rosa. Concepcion carries on with her life after tragedy hits her time and time again. Once Juan returns with Maria Rosa, Concepcion has yet another hurdle to overcome known as Maria Rosa. Throughout the short story, Maria Concepcion has an internal struggle due to her husband’s affair, which ends with Maria committing an immoral act and justifying it with the preservation of her family.
She is one of the most important characters in the story. The Antagonist is the woman’s role in marriage.