All the Pretty Horses Prose Analysis

Prose Analysis

a. In the opening of the passage, the tension is between the individual and nature.
b. The tension established in the opening of the passage is established through diction such as "black suit," "forebears," "funeral cloth," and "guttered candlestub;" all diction associated with funerals and death. It sets a depressing mood. And the author uses imagery to capture the dark mood of the room holding the corpse.
c. The larger issue that the author is getting at is that even if people are dead, who they were and what they did is still alive as long as it's remembered.

2. 3rd paragraph "In the evening he saddled...and violent lives."
a. The tension is shown by the reminiscent tone expressed by language such as, "ancient road," "a dream of the past," "lost nation," or "waste to darkness bearing lost to all history and all remembrance." The main character is recalling the ancient Indian tribe, demonstrating the theme that although dead, they live on in his memories.
b. The literary devices the author uses is imagery to effectively convey the memory and how real they are for the main character.
c. This passage furthers my understanding by showing that the past will always be remembered. Although physically gone, the ancient people live on, the extent depending on how much of the details the main character has managed to remembere. And it is the main character that actually has the choice to really kill them or not: he can ensure they live on in spirit by sharing with others his knowledge, or the Indian tribe can die with the main character and his silence.

3. Last paragraph
a. The tension is shown through language in diction such as, "rode with the sun coppering his face," "dismounted and dropped the reins and wlaked out and stood like a man come to the end of something." It gives the sense of finality.
b.The author uses imagery to describe the landscape and conditions of his setting, like the wind.
c. In this section, the tension is...