All The Pretty Horses Analysis
Cowboys parade the unknown bonded to their horses.These lonely desperados encounter
romance, gun fights, and gorgeous sunsets in the cordilleras of MÃ©xico and Texas. Cormic
McCarthy incorporates all the dramatics that make up a great western in All the Pretty Horses.
Crumbling from a once passionate tale of young love, the story develops into a desolate journey
of one man and his caballo. While standing over the body of a slain doe, John Grady has an
epiphany. As a cowboy, he is condemned to a life full of pain which will enable him to fully
experience the beauty of the land and her beasts.
John Grady approaches his illuminating moment by learning that the love he will share
with women is fleeting, and that in the end, he will never share a bond with a human that is as
strong as with his horses. "He saw very clearly how all his life led only to this moment and all
after led nowhere at all" (254). The lonely theme begins to follow John after proposing to
Alejandra, the love of his life, and being rejected. John feels hopeless for the first time since his
journey into MÃ©xico. His plans for the future come to an abrupt ending, although he often
reminisces about what could have been. "He remembered Alejandra and the sadness he'd first
seen in the slope of her shoulders which he's presumed to understand and of which he knew
nothing and he felt a loneliness he'd not know since he was a child and he felt wholly alien to the
world although he loved it still" (282). The imagery of Alejandra allows McCarthy to create a
symbol between the slope of her shoulders and the slope of a horse's. Although John...