Date: 4th October 2010
All the Pretty Horses – Approach Paper
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
Country: United States, 1992
Period: 20th Century
In the novel All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy society is based on its economic constitution, common ideologies and social class structure. During the colonial era, the west was viewed as a place of opportunity filled with riches and prolific western civilization dating back to the late 1800’s.But as the years progressed, a shift in economic stability was underway as once wealthy westerners lost their profits and struggled to maintain their ranches. The ranch at which John Grady Cole resided waned in profits and became a financial burden, so Cole’s mother sold the ranch to lift that burden and because of this, Cole leaves Texas to embark on his new adventure to get away from the economical dilemma. Economics plays a main part in influencing Cole’s decision as he had no other choice, since there was no other reason for him to stay. The ranch was his entire life after all. Relations of social power and class structure have always been prominent throughout the ages of society, whether making individuals feel inferior to their class status or giving more power to the upperclassmen. When Cole begins working for Don Hector on the Hacienda, it is made clear that Don Hector is Cole’s superior while Cole is seen as a lower class man. Don Hector’s daughter, also considered an upper class individual, grabs the attention of Cole and causes him to feel infatuated with her but as the aunt later becomes aware of the affair between the two, she immediately rejects the idea by telling Cole not to see her again. Her intentions were to prevent her grand niece from associating with the likes of Cole since he is not considered to be of affluent origins. It was believed by the upper class men of that time period that if they associated themselves with the lower...