Blevins makes an odd appearance in the novel, and has an abrupt painful exit for John Grady, does Blevins represent anything? Is he the support of John Grady's belief in God and Heaven?
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Blevins is part of a sort of trilogy within _ATPH_. John Grady represents the cowboy figure, refusing to die until _COTP_. Lacey Rawlins is a sort of reality check for both the reader and for John Grady--he says something about thinking that he and John Grady think that they're "a couple of pretty tough cowboys" who are really living a myth. So you have the reality and you have the myth. Where's Blevins? For me he represents a choice that McCarthy is posing to American culture. Blevins makes a free choice to return and steal his horse, and he pays the consequences--he dies.