All The Pretty Horses And Huckleberry Finn Similarities

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Cormac McCarthy’s All The Pretty Horses and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are both tales rich in adventure and mischief. John Grady Cole and Huckleberry Finn are both troubled youths who embark on an adventure to find something better than their current position. Through these adventures, they both grow in maturity and intellectually. Although each story is very different, There are many similarities within these characters, as well as differences. Huckleberry Finn came from a very peculiar background. He never truly found a place that was his home, but he had lived in many different places. He was not given a formal education prior to living with the widow, but he was not as unintelligent as everyone suspected. As he…show more content…
Both of his parents were in his life, however he was practically raised by Louisa, the ranch’s cook. His father had not been a drunk like Huckleberry Finn’s, but he victim of PTSD due to his experience as a prisoner of war, and he was dying from lung cancer. However his father was still in his life, giving him company, unlike Huckleberry Finn’s own. In fact, they had spent quite a bit of time together before John Grady Cole ran away. John Grady Cole was much more adapted to civilized life than Huckleberry Finn, and he had a decent education. He was also able to easily form his own opinions, but he did not seem to question everything like Huckleberry Finn. John Cole Grady was much older, and therefore had better knowledge of the world around him than Huckleberry Finn. John Grady Cole chose to seek out a life at a ranch where he knew he would be happy, whereas Huckleberry Finn merely seeked an adventure. John Grady Cole’s motivations in running away were more in depth than Huckleberry Finn’s. The things John Grady Cole learned and experienced were much more mature and darker instances than those experienced by Huckleberry Finn. He had learned about love and lust in his experiences with Alejandra. When she chose to go back to the ranch rather than returning to Texas with him, he had learned that nothing in life is set in stone as it seems. In prison, he had learned how to fight and defend himself, and how easily one could take another’s life. Death was also introduced to John Grady Cole on his adventure. He experienced the loss of a friend when Blevins was killed, just as Huckleberry Finn did when Buck died. Huckleberry Finn moved on from the loss. John Grady Cole had experienced severe depression and had almost killed the captain due to his experiences. He had also learned that his father died at the end of the novel, however such news had a far greater impact on John
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