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In "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse", what are the adjectives for that white horse?

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

Posted September 24, 2009 at 7:51 PM (Answer #1)

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The adjectives which would describe Saryoan's depiction of the white horse in his short story would range.  One particular adjective would be "beauty," as the boys are immediately struck by the beauty of the horse.  Its stunning vision is what immediately attracts them to it and allows them to excuse the moral transgression of its theft from John Byro.  Additionally, I think another adjective would be "escapist," as the horse's beauty allows them to flee from their current condition of challenge and hardship into a realm of what can be.  The transcendent quality of the horse allows this to happen.  Additionally, I would suggest that another adjective could be "evolving."  The horse, when the boys first interact with it, is defiant and rather stubborn as it is difficult to train and with whom interaction is difficult.  Yet, through the boys' gentle prodding and continual interaction with it, the horse "evolves" into a creature of high physical stamina as well as being one that is highly workable.  Finally, I would suggest that the adjective of "redemptive" is also quite appropriate.  The horse and the story associated with it allows for a redemptive quality to emerge within the story.  John Byro knows the boys took the horse, but also is present to ensure that the boys do right by returning it.  Rather than seek retributive and harsh ends, he is there to see that a spirit of redemption falls upon both the boys and his own affairs, as the horse has become more conditioned and more akin to being workable with other people.

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