Cormac McCarthy covers many big ideas in All the Pretty Horses. However, one character completely embodies stupidity: Blevins.
Blevins is a thirteen year old boy that decides to run away from home to Mexico and to join a sixteen year old, John Grady Cole, and a seventeen year old, Lacey Rawlins, who he does not know, that are doing the same. Blevins carries a revolver, which he shoots expertly, hitting a wallet spinning through the air, and rides a very fine horse which his companions envy. Doesn’t sound too bad yet, but the stupidity is coming!
On their way through Mexico, the three encounter a storm. Blevins panics, claiming that it is in his genes to be struck by lightning. He lists a plethora of relatives who have been struck by lightning (it’s worth noting that has evidenced that he can not be trusted completely and that he is drunk at the time). Against the advice of the others, Blevins tries to outrun the storm. He takes his horse straight to the base of some mountains. It floods and Blevins loses his horse, gun, clothes (which had metal buttons he believed would get him struck by lightning), and just about everything else besides his boots.
The three ride into a village with Blevins riding with John Grady. John Grady and Rawlins tell Blevins to stay in hiding as they search town and find look for the horse. They find it and come back to tell Blevins, but he has disappeared and only returns after they are asleep. They decide to steal the horse just before dawn, but it is not where they last saw it. So, Blevins decides to break into a house, where he finds the horse, and rides away on it, chased by men with guns, endangering Rawlins and John Grady, as well.
Stupidity can be found anywhere, even in the works great authors. Stupidity is persistent, ubiquitous, and powerful.