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Literary Analysis The Red Pony The Red Pony by John Steinbeck consists of four separate but intertwined stories about a boy named Jody These stories show how Jody began as a selfish immature young child and became a caring responsible young man Steinbeck used characters and events to teach Jody about life and death He also used much imagery and foreshadowing to set the mood for the stories In the first story The Gift Jody Tiflin was a typical ten-year-old boy who liked to sleep as late as possible and rush through his early morning chores before going to school When he came home from school he did his chores slowly and inefficiently Billy Buck the ranch hand convinced Carl Tiflin Jodys father to buy a pony for Jody Billy thought this would help Jody become more responsible Carl Billy went to the town of Salinas one day and surprised Jody with the pony the next morning Jody named his new red pony Gabilan after the mountains to the west about which he is so curious Billy Buck taught Jody everything he knew about horses and Jody was responsible for taking care of Gabilan He became more disciplined He got up every morning by himself to feed Gabilan and he took more care when he was doing his other chores Billy Buck was right Getting the pony helped Jody to learn responsibility Jody never left Gabilan outside when the weather was bad One day Billy Buck convinced Jody to leave the pony out while he was at school Billy promised that the weather was going to be fine and that it was not going to rain pg 21 Unfortunately it did rain and Jody came home to find his pony drenched The pony developed a cold from being out in the rain but Billy a great horse doctor took care of Gabilan He showed Jody how to make the medicine for the
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