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In his novels, McMurtry creates strong female characters, transmuting… The third paragraph discusses the differences between the traditional Western formula and McMurtry in their treatment of character.The main difference this paragraph focuses on is that the traditional Westerns feature mostly male characters, whereas McMurtry focuses on female characters.The identified sentence says that McMurtry’s creation of strong female characters folds in deeper ideological insights.This is a good thing, suggesting that the author views this practice with a positive eye.The final sentence may be tempting, but it conveys the opinion of critics, not necessarily the author, and it doesn’t specifically address the issue of gender.
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In the first paragraph the author notes how Western literature ranges from lowbrow entertainment to great literature and offers the dime-store novel as an example of writing that is merely entertaining. At the other end of the spectrum, the author states that James Fenimore Cooper and Willa Cather, however, used themes of westward expansion in works clearly intended as highbrow literature. In other words, they wrote literature that expects the reader to be more sophisticated, so the best answer is choice (C).Choice (A) is incorrect, choices (B) and (D) are not discussed in the passage, and choice (E) is off the topic.
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McMurtry folds in deeper ideological insights by using strong female characters, so the female characters referenced in choice (A) deAnitely contribute to the ideological undertones. Subversive means rebellious or going against the norm; in this case, McMurtry’s writing goes against the ideology of the traditional Western. The subversive di>erences in McMurtry’s writing referenced throughout the passage are thus indicative of his ideology. The focus on the dangerous nature of the Western frontier is a characteristic of the traditional Western, not McMurtry’s Westerns, so choice (B) is not an indication of the ideology of McMurtry’s novels.
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In the last paragraph the author talks about McMurtry’s use of character, stating that In his novels McMurtry creates strong female characters, transmuting the conventional plot of the trials and dangers of the frontier by folding in deeper ideological insights. When referring to the critics, the author notes that they rightly credit his novels with reforming the Western genre.The use of the word rightly suggests that the author agrees with the critics, thereby making choice (C) the best answer.
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