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 '. The novel concerns the disappearance of the cowboy in the wake of an increasingly urbanized American society, and the attempts of John Grady to resist it. He does this by heading southwest into Mexico, where he hopes to maintain a pastoral lifestyle.
People walked around with Stetson’s on their heads, revolvers in their belts, and said “partner” to everyone. All the pretty Horses starts us off in the year 1948, therefore, this “Cowboy” time in America’s history takes place about a century before John Grady was born. This observation houses the blunt fact that the real Cowboy is gone during John Grady’s time, and this is why he goes to Mexico: to find his Cowboy dream. John Grady could not follow his dream in the U.S., there is electricity powering everything, cars going everywhere, and the cowboys were now drunk gamblers like his father. Along with these things, his family ranch was being given away, so there was no solace for John Grady, no place for him to escape the modern world.
Instead of having a good paying job on an oil rig in San Angelo, John Grady still wants to search for his own country. Despite the ending of “All the Pretty Horses” is not a happy one, John is finally able to mesh his romanticised ideals with the real world. Even if the Earth does not provide for a place anyone, John decides to make his own place by refusing to back away from his ideals and instead chase after them. He would much rather attempt to live the life he wants, rather than adopt a life made for someone
While going through life one might find it difficult and see that they do not know where they are going. But yet Mark Twain once stated "The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why . The book Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison shows readers many life struggles through the eyes of the characters and how they improved later. Song of Solomon is about a man named Macon Dead the third, nicknamed Milkman, finding out about himself and his family throughout the story. Milkman does this by going on a journey into his family's past to backtrack to his grandfather, Macon Dead the first, to find out his family’s past.
Sitting Bull was a Hunkpapa Lakota chief and holy man, born in 1831 in present-day South Dakota. Son of honored Sioux warrior Returns-Again, Sitting Bull idolized his father and wanted to be exactly like him, but he struggled initially in skill; he lacked natural talent for violence, and thus was deemed “Slow” in his early years. A few years later at fourteen, he would assist in war against a rival tribe. He would be given the new name of “Tatanka-Iyotanka”; a Lakota phrase meaning “a buffalo sitting”. Growing up, Sitting Bull’s destiny was seemingly shaped by the conflicts the Native peoples were fronting in the face of white settlers moving in on their land and ways of life.
The Day the Cowboys Quit is novel by Elmer Kelton rooted on the proceedings of the strike that happened at old Tascosa in the state of Texas Panhandle during 1883. In this Novel, Kelton sketches in a very exceptional and appealing fashion the political, public, and financial transformations that were happening in the years previous to and subsequent to the great Civil War in Texas. The cowboys as depicted in this novel have been long symbolized and cherished as their liberty. The story mentioned in the book takes place in the year 1883 but it is significant to comprehend how cowboy and ranches clans led their life before the sequence of events. For about thirty to forty years preceding this time phase a cattle trade could be initiated with a tiny herd of cattle.
For this reason, McCandless traveled with little effects. In addition, McCandless thought he could found the solution to his frustration with the adultery of his father, and found the true happiness for his life through escaping into the wild. Chris McCandless endangered his life many times in this adventure, and perhaps he was trying to find the happiness of the life through risking his life. He highlighted passages that he felt a strong connection to. McCandless highlighted one of the passage in the book “Family Happiness” by Leo Tolstoy.
In the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Ponyboy tells the story about his life being a greaser and the conflicts he has had to face with the Socs. His parents had died in a car crash when he was young so he lives with his two brothers. He and another greaser, Johnny, save a few kids in a fire which changes their lives forever. The three major themes addressed in this outstanding book are the journey from youth to adulthood, the fight between rich and poor, and the power of friendship.
John returns to a time of comfort and solace in his life, his time outdoors, when he is in unfamiliar and scary situations. Billy also encounters troubling times that lead him to dream of animals and nature. On one of Billy’s many journeys into Mexico with his brother Boyd, Billy and Boyd become separated, a separation from the last remnant of his comfortable youth. Therefore Billy begins to search for Boyd and finds him. It is during this troubling and stressful time in Billy’s life that he once again dreams of the landscape and wildlife to comfort him.
Tim Burton’s Big Fish tells the story of the wild life of Edward Bloom. Some aspects of Bloom’s life is fictionalize and exaggerated by Bloom himself which causes the relationship with his son William to become tense. His son believes he doesn’t truly know his father due to the constant fairytale like stories Edwards has been telling him over the years. It takes Edward Bloom being on his deathbed to encourage his son to return in which William has to find the truth about his father’s life and fix their uneasy relationship. Burton’s film has been praised well by film critics due to its excellent storytelling and use of literary devices, which makes the film enjoyable for the audience.