The writing style of Cormac McCarthy in All the Pretty Horses is at first difficult to follow. The language is typical of the western genre of literature that espouses early Americana. There is a common style of speech that is shared by this community of characters. Where the reader is not at first an included member of the community, the meaning of certain terms can be unclear. This is a story intended for the inclusion of the reader. There is tremendous power in the words used by Cormac McCarthy to express the sights, sounds, and feeling of a particular setting throughout this story.