The Horse Dealer's Daughter by D. H. Lawrence

Start Your Free Trial

In "The Horse Dealer's Daughter," what role does animal imagery in the story and the title play in commenting on the romance in the story?

Expert Answers info

Blaze Bergstrom eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write4,253 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

As D. H. Lawrence so often does, in this story he contrasts the class distinctions that are so important in social conventions to the authentic passion that human beings experience. Mabel Pervin grows up among brothers who treat her roughly, calling her a “bull dog.” All four have lived at home, but with their father’s death, the household is dispersing. The plot centers upon what Mabel, who, as a young woman is not expected to live on her own; the brothers assume she will go to live with her sister. Mabel's relationship with Jack Fergusson, the young village doctor, develops in several stages. As he is a middle-class professional, at first he considers her an unsuitable partner, but he is swept away by passion.

Animal imagery is present from the outset. The appearance of the oldest brother, Joe, is described in horse-like terms, and he physically identifies with the animals. He is uncertain about leaving the ranch and, knowing his future is secure through his upcoming marriage,...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 738 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

accessteacher eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write13,728 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

check Approved by eNotes Editorial