The Western Frontier as a Border Analytical Essay by ASUSTUDENT

The Western Frontier as a Border
This paper discusses the western frontier that is a geographically blurred line between the United States and Mexico.
# 117784 | 2,381 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses the western frontier concentrating on two novels on this issue, "The Crystal Frontier," by Carlos Fuentes, and "All the Pretty Horses," by Cormac McCarthy. The writer maintains that both Mexicans and Americans have an attachment to one another in the frontier because of their western culture, but racism quickly stops any sort of true assimilation. The writer discusses that there is some evidence of the border being more definite in terms of racism and opportunities in both novels, but it is only because the reader chooses to make it that way. The writer concludes that the United States and Mexico are attempting to communicate openly, but with the difference in economics, it seems impossible to become a true melting pot on the frontier.

From the Paper:

"Carlos Fuentes' novel "The Crystal Frontier" describes what it means to be a Mexican in the border region. Through nine interlinking anecdotes, Fuentes describes the life of Don Leonardo Barroso, a rich factory owner in Campazas and the people who are affected by his influence. The characters include the rich factory owner, a Mexican doctor who owes his schooling to Don Leonardo, a group of female factory workers, Don Leonardo's senile, abandoned brother, and several Mexican laborers attempting to cross the Rio Grande hoping to find work in the United States. The novel chronicles the characters desire to improve their lives and how none of their struggles produce anything."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cogan, Allan. "The Crystal Frontier by Carlos Fuentes". MexConnect. 8/1/2009 <>.
  • Fuentes, Carlos. "The Crystal Frontier." New York. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Inc. 1997.
  • McCarthy, Cormac. "All the Pretty Horses." New York. Vintage International. 1993.

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