Black Beauty Questions and Answers
by Anna Sewell

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What is Black Beauty's character in Anna Sewell's story?  

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Black Beauty is the dynamic narrator and protagonist of Anna Sewell's story. A dynamic character is one who changes throughout the story. Though Black Beauty's character traits never change in the story, as the story progresses, he is shaped as he gains new understandings of the nature of the world and of the men who inhabit it.

In the opening chapter of the story, as a young colt, Black Beauty's mother informs him that he is "well-bred and well-born" and further gives him the following advice:

I hope you will grow up gentle and good, and never learn bad ways; do your work with a good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick even in play. (Ch. 1, Pt. 1)

Black Beauty takes his mother's speech very much to heart, and it forms the basis of his character throughout the story. No...

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