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What is the character plan in Black Beauty?

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A character plan is something that a writer works through before or during the writing of a piece of literature. Some teachers might call it a character sketch. A reader will do a character breakdown or analysis after reader a story, but generally speaking, a character plan is figured out before writing begins.

A writer might create a character plan beforehand in order to guide the writing in a way that makes the character more authentic. For Black Beauty, the author decided that Beauty was going to be the narrator. In addition to that, Beauty is a horse. Knowing that single detail right there guides a great deal of the writing because the author has to interpret things the way that a horse might interpret them.

Additionally, certain limitations have been created for Beauty simply because he is a horse. For example, he can't use keys and open locked doors due to the fact that he doesn't have hands and fingers.

Other parts of the initial character plan can be seen in the early chapters of the book. It was part of the plan to have Beauty be a bit upper-class rather than a peasant horse. Beauty's mother tells Beauty and the reader that he is "well-bred and well-born."

Another part of any character plan is looks. On one hand, that's easy. Beauty is black. On the other hand, the author wants to create more detail about his looks, and we are told that Beauty is a good looking horse.

I was now beginning to grow handsome; my coat had grown fine and soft, and was bright black. I had one white foot, and a pretty white star on my forehead. I was thought very handsome.

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