Differences in cultural perception: a comparison of John Grady Cole & Billy Parham in Cormac McCarthy's The Border Trilogy
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The border between one understanding of life and another is a recurring theme in the novels that make up The Border Trilogy. But borders do not necessarily have to separate two lands, nor even two culturally different peoples. A border can also separate ideas. Truth and fiction must border each other, else the reader could not believe the fiction. Dreams must border reality in order to affect men as they do. And one's history must border both the present and the future before any of the three can have meaning. The author explores concepts of truth, dreams, reality, history, and borders as they are represented by both two major characters and the foreign culture they encounter in The Border Trilogy, and the ways in which their interactions with the foreign culture are shaped by the differences in cultural perception.
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Includes bibliographical references (leaves 19-20).
Ripperda, Katrina Ann (2001). Differences in cultural perception: a comparison of John Grady Cole & Billy Parham in Cormac McCarthy's The Border Trilogy. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from