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This paper explains that Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove, which won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is filled with scenes of western action and colorful western characters of all kinds; however, it is really about the problems and aspirations that challenge people in almost any time or place. The author points out that, when defining the word "quest" as an adventurous journey, the plot of "Lonesome Dove" has at least two literal quests: (1) The central narrative concerning the main characters' efforts to drive cattle from their home in Texas to a new frontier in Montana and (2) the journey of one main characters to fulfill the last wish of the other main character by taking his dead body back to Texas for burial. The paper relates that, when "quest" is defined as a pursuit, the entire novel can be seen as a quest in which the characters pursue things they don't have but deeply need or want such as trying to forget terrible past realities.
From the Paper:"Captain Call's quest to bury his friend back in Texas is successful, but it is marked by self-discoveries he cannot tolerate. Before departing for the long trek back to Texas, Call leaves young Newt Dobbs in charge of the new Montana ranch. He also gives him his rifle, his favorite horse, and his father's watch. He does these things because he is not sure he will ever return and because Newt is his son. But even then, after years, after all that has happened, including the death of his best friend, Call cannot bring himself to admit to this young man that he is Call's illegitimate child by a prostitute mother. For much of the remainder of the book, Call berates himself for his dishonesty and his hypocrisy--remember that he has never tolerated dishonesty in others."
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"Lonesome Dove" (2006, June 21) Retrieved February 26, 2024, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/lonesome-dove-66865/
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