While ALL THE PRETTY HORSES can be enjoyed for its compelling action, the novel’s thematic content encourages closer reading. Of all the subtext embedded, it is perhaps the discussions of fate and freewill that rise to the forefront. By its conclusion, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES presents arguments for fate, freewill, and the potential relationship between the two.
To continue examining these ideas, we are going to check out a couple of songs!
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THE TASK: First, listen to the songs embedded below and read along with the posted lyrics. Then, respond to the following prompts by using the “Leave a Reply” feature at the bottom of the page. As these responses will be used by the class to facilitate discussion, go into as much detail as possible. In short, treat the analysis of lyrics/music just as you would the analysis of text/literature.
A) Identify which song you will be investigating.
B) What is this song’s stance on the issue of fate/freewill? How is this expressed in the lyrics?
C) Describe the music. What genre is the song? What instruments are used? What do the vocals sound like? How does the music itself contribute to the discussion of fate/freewill?
D) What is the tone/mood of the song? How is this expressed via lyrical/musical content.
E) Imagine that you are creating a soundtrack for McCarthy’s novel. Record a passage (that means quotation and page number) from ALL THE PRETTY HORSES that you think would be well complemented by the song. Describe how the song and the passage work in tandem.