What is the theme of Black Beauty?

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The underlying theme of Black Beauty—i.e. a theme that's not explicitly articulated—is the fundamental unity of every living thing. In writing the book, Anna Sewell undoubtedly wanted to draw the attention of Victorian England to the appalling state in which many animals were kept. But underlying this was a firm belief in the interconnectedness of every living thing, man and animal, flora and fauna.

It is only by seeing ourselves as part of a much bigger whole that we can begin to develop the kind of lasting empathy for animals that Sewell wants us to feel. It's not enough to read about the...

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The theme of black beauty is that faith and trust are much better than animal cruelty. Anna Sewell realised this and wrote a book from the perspective of a horse to convey the message to other readers. This was written during a time when horses were still in common use. To stay fashionable, many owners used the horse bearing rein to look good in front of their friends, as Anna Sewell points out. This book teaches us to be kind to people and animals alike.

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