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How does the sudden changing of the horse contribute to dramatic impact of the writing?

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beraterkilet | Student, Grade 12 | Honors

Posted January 3, 2013 at 4:14 PM via web

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How does the sudden changing of the horse contribute to dramatic impact of the writing?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 3, 2013 at 8:21 PM (Answer #1)

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Hughes' changing of the horse is one in which the horse becomes representative another element of the man.  At a certain point in the confrontation between the man and the horse, the creature no longer seems to be just a horse.  Hughes describes the animal as standing on its toes, even though toes are a human construct. Being inclined to see more than simply animal traits in animals, Hughes is able to develop the horse as representative of another element of the man.  It is at this point where the horse has changed to being "more" than an animal.  The horse is representative of some element of the man's consciousness.  Indeed, the battle between man and horse is a conflict between man and animal.  Yet, it represents much more.  The struggle between both is a struggle between the man and another aspect of himself.  The animal changing to this level helps to accentuate the level of conflict that the man faces in the narrative.  It is to this end in which the changing of the animal contributes to the dramatic impact of the writing.  It adds another dimension to the conflict, one in which the man himself becomes the subject of the battle between equally potent forces with only one dominant element emerging.

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