This imperfect world places John Grady inside a rough “prison cell where all is silent”, and he copes with the violence and Dueña Alfonsa’s betrayal of him by “dream[ing] of horses and wildflowers”(Frye 105). McCarthy details the dreams with the imagery of landscape and wildlife (horses, plants, and wolves) that the characters crave. The dreams are able to provide a sense of security to the characters that are yearning for relief in the harsh, flawed world. John in prison has a dream “of horses in the field on a high plain where the spring rains had brought up the grass and the wildflowers… And they moved all of them in a resonance that was like music among them and they were none of them afraid… And they ran in that resonance which is the world itself which cannot be spoken but only praised”(All the Pretty Horses 161-162). John returns to a time of comfort and solace in his life, his time outdoors, when he is in unfamiliar and scary situations.
The children who grow up with a disheveled life is in the result of having almost no supervision and affection. Curley’s father is the owner of the ranch that he works upon. Therefore, Curley acts inappropriately due to the lack of attention given by his father. In the result of his father’s negligence, Curley does not treat people with hospitality and that is why people find him unsettling. In the text it
Jethro has been living with the consequences of his brothers actions; which led to an attack on his farm as well as his water supply being compromised. Due to the significant amount of hardship, I believe that the theme is lost of innocence. A defining moment in the theme loss of innocence is when Jethro changes his mind about war. At first, “ He liked stories of war”(15). At this point in the book, Jethro enjoyed the thought of war because he imagined war as brass instruments playing and uniforms on all of the soldiers.
The Dark Sky With the winter storm being blown and the eerie darkness of the night, this was no fairytale of the cowboy riding through a sunny open range. The author’s purpose in Blood Meridian was to inform and describe the harsh reality of the hardships cowboys faced in their everyday lifestyle. Cormac Mccarthy makes it realistic to clear up the misconceptions that are usually connected to the glorious life of a cowboy. When most people think of a cowboy, they think of them as the brave hero of the town, but Mccarthy turns it all around by shining a light on the brutal truth. He says, “They cut the throats of the pack animals and jerked and divided the meat.” It shows that they are uncivilized and have to live like wild animals.
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.
In “The Assault”, Harry Mulisch uses the protagonist Anton to change Anton’s mood in different settings, that eventually leads him to find closure. He experiences unhealthy tension that gradually fades into a release which describes his healing process. Throughout the novel, the ugly truth is revealed to him. From stories of the past, Anton gets caught up in mixed emotions from variety of characters in the novel. Each character reveals the truth of the night he lost his family to Anton.
Throughout the novel, Solomon’s goal is to achieve transcendence, but every time he is on the cusp of succeeding, he is denied. Similar to Sisyphus, Solomon continues to push to reach his goal. For Solomon, his goal is to transcendence so he can “see everything,” but this makes him leave behind the ignorance that kept him content with life in the Dungle (Patterson 215). Since Solomon can “see the whole extent of the sky,” or the entirety of his life, he is able to see how monotonous and fruitless the human life is and the endless cycle of hopeless poverty the people in the Dungle face (Patterson 215). Another point that reinforces the meaninglessness in Solomon’s life is in Sic Vitae.
One of the biggest representations of this is the sky going dark. “By the clock ‘tis day, / And yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp,” (2.4.6-7). Darkness is often associated with wrongdoing, and the dark sky in the middle of the day is the world rejecting the abnormality of Macbeth murdering the King. Two of Duncan’s horses - trained to be obedient and gentle at all times - broke out of their stalls despite their usual calm and ate each other. This unbalance in nature affects not only the physical world of birds and horses, but also disturbances in Macbeth’s very human nature.
One example is when the monster is just starting to get a feel of the world he is living in, and he just feels lost “And what was I? Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. The moster is feeling completely uncomfortable in his own skin and has no conception on who he is. He has nothing to hold onto because he is just there with nothing valuable to him, he doesnt have anything. The monster is observing who he is so he does not feel comepletely unrecognizable to himeself “These thoughts exhilarated me and led me to apply with fresh ardour to the acquiring the art of language.
Sleep is symbolic for peace and harmony. However sometimes the war you face while awake can haunt your sleep. The protagonist Antonio (Toni) in Bless Me Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya is forced to face the differentiating cultures and influences projected by his elders. His parents attempt to live their dreams through Toni but only cause the development of the opposite within Antonio. The conflict Toni faces has such a tremendous impact on him that it besets his dreams.