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Grady And Miranda A Comparison Of Lessons The Collector By John Fowles And All The Pretty Horses By Cormac Mc Carthy

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Throughout the course of a novel, characters may face obstacles and endure many hardships, ultimately leading them towards a path to self- awareness. Both Miranda in John Fowles' The Collector, and John Grady Cole in Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses, encounter many unexpected struggles, which teach them important life lessons. Though Miranda's journey to self- recognition occurs solely in a dark basement, and John Grady's takes place on a trip throughout Mexico, they confront many of the same hurdles. Through their experiences, John Grady and Miranda undergo many changes in their traits and thus begin to view their lives in a different light. As a result of being locked up, Miranda slowly begins to realize that life is not all about material things. Along Grady's journey throughout Mexico, he learns that things that he once saw as crucial to his life do not seem so important anymore. Though it can be argued that these two characters and their situations are extremely different, there is no doubt that the lessons that John Grady Cole and Miranda learn throughout the novels help them both to "find" themselves.In the beginning of both novels, Miranda and Grady share a common characteristic- their naïveté. Miranda grows up in an affluent community, surrounded by peers and countless opportunities. As an art student, she tries to see the beauty in everything, but she cannot seem to look past the material things in life. At times, Miranda is extremely hypocritical and has many untested beliefs. Miranda knows nothing about the world around her, and though she is constantly surrounded by her peers and mentors, she nevertheless feels lonely. Like Miranda, John Grady Cole is very inexperienced when it comes to life. Grady is a romantic- he desperately wants to hold on to his dreams of the cowboy ideals of the past. He is devastated when he discovers that his mother's ranch has been sold. Unlike Miranda, however, Grady is not wealthy, and he values his dreams over concrete objects. He feels that in order to piece his life together, he must leave Texas. Because of this, his journey can be said to be voluntary. Miranda, on the other hand, is taken by complete surprise when she gets kidnapped, and is not prepared to face the drastic change that her life will undergo. While Grady is somewhat aware that his experiences throughout Mexico may help him find himself, Miranda has no idea that her "journey" will ultimately lead to her self- understanding.Neither Miranda nor Grady can expect or comprehend what is in store for them when they begin their journeys. Miranda's first struggle begins with the way she is kidnapped- by suffocation from a chloroform pad. During her first days of captivity, Miranda displays her snobbish attitudes in many ways. She feels that she is above Clegg, her kidnapper, and says that it is "simple as sneezing to put him on the defensive" (127). Miranda tries to run away and is naïve to think that she can escape....

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