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The Red Pony by John Steinbeck tells the story of young Jodys growth and development The novel The Red Pony is divided into four chapters that which constitute four short stories depicting a portion of Jodys growth and development The first story The Gift illustrates the changes and experiences young Jody faces and he reacts to themIn the beginning of The Gift Jody living in a state of innocence in which he is blind to the evil that surrounds him Ironically all the brutality and harsh nature of the outside world Jody is about to face surrounds him plainer than daylight For instance as Billy Buck the hand and Carl Tiflin Jodys father leave the first morning of the story they set out to sell their old cows to the butcher Steinbeck 3 Also Jodys dog Smasher lost an ear when killed a coyote Steinbeck 4 Further Jody could see the great black kettle under the cypress treewhere the pigs were scalded Steinbeck 4 Jody saw these things and regarded them as part of normal life Steinbeck 5 He has no compassion for these animals not because he lacks a heart but because of his innocence he cannot comprehend the brutality and gruesomeness of the actions that are occurring around himJodys father Carl Tifflin is shown as tall stern disciplinarian Steinbeck 3 Jodys father serves as the person who guides him to what is right and what is wrong At this point Jody does not know clearly the difference between right and wrong which he will soon gain an awareness of it Jody especially liked his father when his father drank brandy because Further Jodys father only gave presents with reservations Steinbeck 6-7 In other words Jody had to earn his gifts Moreover Jody likes it when his father was drunk for he would be more sociable and less of a disciplinarian but mostly he would expose his wild days as a boy to Jody
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