Essay Topic 1
Horses play a starring role in many parts of the book and allow the reader to better understand the book's characters based on their treatment of these animals. Part 1.) What do horses appear to mean and represent to the cowboys in the book, and what role do they play in their everyday life? Part 2.) Considering this role, what can we learn about John Grady's motivations when he decides to sell his horse in order to marry Magdalena? Part 3.) How does the author use horses as a way of judging the character of the cowboys?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the author's portrayal of family in the book. What is the nature of the cowboys' experiences with their families compared to the family they create amongst one another? Do their poor experiences with their actual family intensify their bond with the men they live and work with?
Essay Topic 3
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