The Red Pony
Set in the valley just outside of Salinas, California between the Santa Lucia and the Gabilan Mountains, The Red Pony is a collection of four short stories: "The Gift," "The Great Mountains," "The Promise," and "The Leader of the People." Traditionally viewed as a bildungsroman, or a story that follows the psychological maturation of a young protagonist, the collection dramatizes several significant events in the life of the young boy Jody as he learns important lessons about nature, life, and death. The Red Pony is typically taught as early as middle school and is often a student's introduction to Steinbeck and his works.
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