McCarthy vs Faulkner
Though Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses and William Faulkner's The Unvanquished are completely different, their style and plot techniques share more similarities than differences. All The Pretty Horses and The Unvanquished both depict the importance of honor in a persons life, whether it be honor through vengeance, honoring family, or honoring the tradition of woman, these two novels teach that honor can create a stronger person.
Vengeance plays an important role in both books. "At first Granny had not wanted to be dead either but now she had begun to be reconciled. We unwrapped it from the jagged square of stained faded gray cloth and fastened it to the board. Now she can lay good and quiet,' Ringo said." (Page 184) Bayard and Ringo would be considered cowards and shunned from their plantation if they had not gone out to hunt down Grumby. Killing the murderer was the only type of justice served and accepted in society back then. John Grady Cole felt a great load of pressure on himself for Blevins' death, and he knew it would be everlasting if he did not avenge Blevins' death. John sets out with a passion to kill the captain and regain the horses, but realizes that the captain will have a tougher time staying alive and John let's him go. This relieves the tension that Blevins' death caused.
Honor towards family plays one of the most important roles in The Unvanquished as well as in All The Pretty Horses. Bayard must honor his family name by killing B.J. Redmond and live by the same term his father did, "who lives by the sword, must die by the sword" (Page 214), but Bayard chooses to confront Redmond in a different, courageous way, without killing him and making him a coward of the town. Honor is also important with a young woman and her father in Mexico. Alejandra must honor her father's request not to be with John Grady Cole. Although she is very tempted to run off with John, Alejandra partially honors her...
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