What does the white horse symbolize in "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse"?

In "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse," the horse symbolizes what Aram and Mourad wish they could be. They want to be trustworthy and honest, and have beauty, freedom, and wealth in their lives as well.

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On the surface, the white horse in "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse" symbolizes beauty, freedom and wealth; all things that Aram and his cousin Mourad do not have. They "let the horse run as long as it felt like running," demonstrating the freedom that the boys want to feel as well. They describe the horse as "the loveliest thing [they] had ever seen," demonstrating how beautiful it is.

But Aram and Mourad are obsessed with horses, and the horse also symbolizes all the things they want and wish they could have—not only riches, but happiness and a sense of belonging. When they ride, they feel that they could be in the old country where some of their neighbors say they belong. This demonstrates the unease they feel around their neighbors, as well as the ease that the boys feel when they are on the horse.

Another thing that they wish they could have include trust and honesty. They say that their tribe is known for these things, but at the same time they have stolen a horse. After stealing, they lie to the owner's face about it when he catches them with it. Aram and Mourad would like to be honest people, but they can't seem to control themselves when it comes to the horse. In sum, the horse represents who they want to be; their actions regarding it show the distance between their goals and who they are.

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The short story "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse" by William Saroyan is narrated by a nine-year-old boy named Aram, who is a member of the Armenian Garoghlanian tribe. All of the branches of the Garoghlanian family are poor, but they are renowned for their honesty.

At four o'clock one morning, Aram's cousin Mourad taps on his window and reveals that he has a magnificent white horse. The boys take turns riding it. Mourad rides well, while Aram continually falls off. Learning to ride the white horse properly becomes the most important thing in the world to Aram, so much so that he conspires with his cousin to keep the stolen horse hidden.

One day while the boys are out riding, they meet the horse's owner, John Byro. He, of course, recognizes his horse immediately but does not accuse the boys of theft. Instead, he waits for them to return it voluntarily.

To Aram, the horse symbolizes the essence of his highest hopes and aspirations. These longings appear to be unattainable to him because his family is so poor. More than anything, he wants to learn to ride the horse well. That's why he is willing to compromise his family's honor and justify the theft by thinking that if he and his cousin don't sell it, it isn't really stealing. Because of his great longing, Aram even convinces his cousin that they should keep the horse longer. Byro has the insight to realize what the horse represents to Aram, and that's why he doesn't accuse the boys when he meets them. He knows that ultimately, Aram and Mourad are honorable and will return the horse by themselves.

Although the horse symbolizes Aram's hopes and aspirations, Aram is unable to ride it because his conscience does not give him peace. Mourad, on the other hand, rides easily because his conscience does not seem to bother him.

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The white horse can symbolize social and economic privilege. The boys are framed as having committed a wrong by stealing the beautiful white horse. However, the white horse can easily symbolize the riches of the upper class, and the riches of the upper class are only obtained by exploiting the work and suffering of the lower class. The boys live their lives of poverty and oppression. When they take the white horse, they experience a taste of freedom and the easy joys that come with being born into wealth and social prestige. However, the boys also come to realize that they can't escape their suffering so easily—the horse itself can't liberate them from the poverty they were born into.

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The white horse also symbolizes beauty. For Mourad and Aram the white horse is the most beautiful thing they've ever seen. The boys live in a pretty brutal, hardscrabble environment and so beauty's not really a part of their lives. As well as great beauty, the white horse represents the promise of a better world. This is a very tempting prospect indeed for two young boys who've never known any other kind of life. They're still immature, with a boyish taste for adventure. Stealing the white horse, though wrong, has introduced a rare fragment of color into the boys' lives.

But as the boys mature, they gradually retreat from a world of fantasy and come to accept the reality of their actions. Though they eventually do the right thing and return the white horse to its rightful owner, the boys have been given a glimpse into a whole different reality, a reality free from the endless grind of poverty and struggle.

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In "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse," the white horse has a number of symbolic meanings. For Aram, for instance, riding the white horse symbolizes the idea that dreams can come true. Being "crazy about horses," Aram has waited a long time for such an opportunity and he cannot turn it down, even though he recognises the immorality of the situation (the horse is stolen). That Aram rides the horse poorly, however, suggests that there is an important difference between dreams and reality and that, sometimes, dreams do not always play out as we hope or imagine.

In contrast, for Mourad, the white horse represents the folly of youth. This is because he steals the horse and joy-rides it early in the mornings. This is further reinforced by the fact that he eventually returns the horse to its rightful owner, an act symbolic of his growing maturity

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