Cormac McCarthy compared to John Grady Cole

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Upon investigating different pieces of literature, the reader can come to realize that authors will use personal experiences and characteristics to create a persona very similar to that of them. Cormae McCarthy falls victim to this pattern. In Richard Woodward’s “Cormac McCarthy’s Venomous Fiction” and in Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses the similarities between McCarthy and John Grady Cole, the protagonist, are very evident. Both are fond of simple life, very independent, and had bad relationships with their parents. Many people, especially in today’s society, get caught up in materialism and forget some of the things that matter. Cormac McCarthy and John Grady Cole value simplicity and their lives reflect their idea of living a simple life. Cormac McCarthy has the ability to live a wealthy lifestyle, yet he chooses a different route. “Aware that gifted American writers don’t have to endure the kind of neglect and hardship that have been his, McCarthy has chosen to be hardheaded about the terms of his success…he seems immensely proved to be the kind of writer who has almost ceased to exist” (Woodward 8). McCarthy is satisfied with living conditions that some would consider rather poor. His character John Grady Cole also prefers ideas related to nature and serenity. Horses become a passion of his, and his inner peace comes from them. “That night he dreamt of horses in a field on a high plain…and in the dream he was among the horses running and in the dream he himself could run with the horses…and they ran, he and the horses, out along the high mesas where the ground resounded under their running hooves and they flowed and changed and ran and their manes and tails blew off them like spume and there was nothing else at all in that high world,” (McCarthy 161). Cole’s happiness could be found in merely living the flippant life of a horse. Therefore,

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