King of the Wind Literary Qualities

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The book demonstrates Henry's ability to use symbols and allusions in an unobtrusive way to add depth to the narrative line. Symbols such as Sham's wheat ear and white spot create suspense, encouraging the reader to wonder, for example, if Signor Achmet will actually go so far as to kill Sham because of the bad luck and evil associated with the wheat ear. Later, the reader wants to know if these old Arab superstitions will be borne out by the story. Pedigrees become a symbol of superficiality—something that good horses, and boys, do not need to establish their value. The horse himself symbolizes the triumph of moral courage and life over evil and death.

Other stylistic qualities that make Henry's book so engaging are her use of strong verbs and vigorous sentences; her tendency not to dwell on character descriptions, exciting scenes, or emotional moments for...

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