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The Red Pony

by John Steinbeck


Answer TWO of the questions below.


The answers must be 6 -8 sentences for EACH question!


  • How does Jody's sympathy for Gitano and his grandfather undermine his relationship with his father?

  • Why is the book entitled "The Red Pony?" Is "The Gift," the story of Gabilan the red pony, the most important and central story?

  • What evidence is there that Jody actually matures from story to story?

  • Is Jody mature enough to handle the "gifts" and "promises" his father gives him in challenging him to deal with horses?

  • Does Steinbeck give the reader much information about what goes on in Jody's mind? How does the limited information we have about Jody's improve the book. Does it keep the book from being overly philosophical? Does if force the reader to draw her or his own conclusions?

  • How do the stories themes of loss, growing up, and yearning for adventure relate to the setting of the American West?

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DY Yoo
DY Yoo
Apr 05, 2022

Why is the book entitled "The Red Pony?" Is "The Gift," the story of Gabilan the red pony, the most important and central story? The book is titled Red Pony due the gift Jody receives. The gift was a red pony which Jody loved a lot. The Red Pony, Gabilan, is the main and central story. This is due to whole story revolving around Gabilan. If the Red Pony wasn’t there, the story would take a whole different path. The whole body is about the Red Pony and Jody’s affection for the pony. For example, there was a Blue Pony instead, the book may very likely have been called Blue Pony and not Red Pony. Is Jody mature enough to handle the…

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Jacob DO
Jacob DO
Apr 01, 2022

Question 2: The book is titled The Red Pony because of Jody’s care for Gabilan. I think The Red Pony/Gabilan is the most important and central story because of Jody’s interest and often appearances in the book. He is cared for by Jody, and Billy saves his life. The book also shows the theme of care and dedication. Jody cares dearly for Gabilan until the end, and he also puts in a lot of his time to take care of him. Gabilan is also shown throughout the whole book and is Jody's motivation to keep going.


Question 4: I do not think that Jody is mature enough to handle the gifts. Although he did work hard to take care of…

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Nathan Jung
Nathan Jung
Mar 30, 2022

Question 2:

The main theme of the Red Pony is the complicated relationship between man and nature. This is shown right from the get-go when the pony is found dead, and Jody kills the vulture as revenge. In the section, "The Promise", there is a problem with the birth of Jody's soon-to-be baby colt. He has no choice but to kill the mother and cut the stomach to remove the baby, or he risks losing them both. Just like the first baby horse that he had, this colt was also red; Red with blood, that is. The blood on the colt represents the pain and hardship that nature can cause. Meanwhile, the colt itself represents a new beginning. Perh…

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Hot Joseph
Hot Joseph
Mar 25, 2022

2. The book is called the Red Pony because the most important part of the book would be Jody getting the horse as a gift, and then the horse dying, which had a big impact for the book. The book starts with the Pony, which would show even more significance for the book. The story of the pony carries on throughout the book, reminding him of his past, and to make better decisions. "The gift" is the most important and central story, as it talks about the pony, talking about his young childhood and him taking care of other horses. It also sets the setting in the story. 6. The story of loss, growing up and yearning for adventure relates to…


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Chloe
Chloe
Mar 23, 2022

Is Jody mature enough to handle the "gifts" and "promises" his father gives him in challenging him to deal with horses?


I believe he is not quite mature enough. As we saw in "Gift" that he had carelessly made mistakes and led him to kill his horse. He wanted to try his best, but I believe he just wasn't ready at that time. Taking his father's commands a bit too lightly. Also when he is seen killing the bird that ate Gabilan's eyes, it is seen as immature. Though he must have been hard for him to handle, it is seen as a sign that he is still not mature enough.


What evidence is there that Jody actually matures from…


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