The last two paragraphs of All The Pretty Horses tie up most of the imagery, metaphors, and themes that he uses throughout the book. He fills the novel with insightful imagery to make us feel like you are there. We think it is both challenging and captivating. He uses a sunset to make things come to an end. McCarthy uses a sunset in the beginning of the novel and at the end. It’s used in the beginning of the book for his grandfather’s death and in the end for the novel ending.
Corm McCarthy Uses a lot Of colors and temperatures to give us the feel of the emotions of the scenes. These last two paragraphs give us that same feeling to end the book. These scenes are written similarly to the paragraphs on the first page of the novel. The first page had a lot of imagery with colors, sounds, and temperature. In the last paragraphs of the novel McCarthy uses the color “red” and “bloodied”, which is also found in the first paragraphs of the book.
In All the Pretty Horses, blood is a spiritually remonstrative substance, connecting man with the landscape, with his history, with the horse, and with his destiny. He uses the color red when describing scenery and the landscape around him. Blood symbolizes the cost John Grady Cole pays for everything he loves. It also represents the world and helps to define the beauty it has, despite the contrast between violence and beauty. We think red also symbolizes independence. Independence is freedom, which is what is searching for. We see JAG as an independent person.
He supports himself and sometimes Rawlins with him during the novel and does it on his own. He is loyal to his horse and Rawlins, which we think the red could signify as well. We also see in the first and last paragraphs of the book words that suggests darkness. Words like “vanish”, “shadows”, “darkening/dark/darkness”, and “black” are used widely through out the paragraphs and especially in the beginning of the book. We believe that the dark words symbolize his sadness for his grandfather dying and his fear of what will happen next.
The last ententes of the book use words of red and darkness, which could be seen as him being free (red) but scared (darkness). It ends with him riding into the “darkening” land with the world to come, which is the example of him being fearful of the world. These things show that Jag’s character is strong, free, independent, yet fearful of the unknown. Horses are also a symbolic image in the book. They are what keep Grady going in life, and they also define him as a person. Grady connects horses with humans, often making horses superior to the human.
Horses also tell us a lot about the character of Grady. “The horse had a good natural gait and as he rode he talked to it and told it things about the world that were true in his experience to see how they would sound if they were said. He told the horse why he liked it and why he’d chosen it to be his horse and he said that he would allow no harm to come to it. ” It shows us that he is lonely and alone in the world. The metaphors involving colors during the book are helpful in giving us the emotion of the scene and make it a more intense book.