Tex Setting & Symbolism

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Rural America

Unlike S.E. Hinton’s usual writings where peer-group gangs in urban areas are abundant, Tex takes place in rural America. In this world, a love of the outdoors and of horses pervades. The setting, Garyville, provides Tex with a natural and simple environment that serves as a safe haven and keeps him within his comfort zone.

Urban America

Hinton subtly uses the hostility and dangers of the city as a counterbalance for the idyllic setting of country life. The inimical and mischievous environment of city life brings nothing but mayhem to the main characters. This is evident in Tex and Mason’s almost-fatal visit to the city, Lem’s risky life as a drug-dealer there, and the party which gets everyone in trouble with Cole.

Horses

Negritto, the horse, is Tex’s best animal friend. Nowhere else in the work do Tex’s passionate feelings...

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