Black Beauty Themes & Characters

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Sewell wrote Black Beauty to expose the widespread mistreatment of horses.

She depicts horses that receive good care as well as those who are abused.

The contrasts in the horses' personalities are sometimes startling.

Three forms of cruelty come to light: deliberate cruelty, cruelty in the name of fashion, and cruelty committed in ignorance. On several occasions, innocent bystanders intercede on behalf of an abused horse, illustrating the idea that preventing cruelty to animals is everyone's responsibility. Sewell is particularly appalled at the common practice of using a device called a bearing rein (or checkrein) to prevent the horse from lowering his head.

Black Beauty's main equine companions are Ginger and Merrylegs.

Ginger is a high-tempered horse whose training and temperament contrast sharply with Black Beauty's. She is badtempered largely because of the mistreatment she suffered when young, while Black Beauty is good-tempered largely because he enjoyed...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Black Beauty from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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