by lightning maqueen
i am in school and i am doing a review on this book , this is what i wrote:
This book is a story told by a horse, in his own words. It is a story of how he was treated good and bad, starting off as a healthy young horse but gets sick and as he travels to different homes and has different owners, he experiences, learns and sees all kinds of different things.
This horse has had many owners and many names. He has been healthy, sick, injured, sad and always positive. He is a good tempered horse and usually goes by the name Black Beauty.
Black Beauty is pitch black, has one white foot and a white star on his forehead. I think this is a metaphor for Black Beauty’s life where the black stands for the struggles and the white coming out on top. While Black Beauty was experiencing the difficult times in his life, the white star on his forehead was pointing to a path ahead like a star at night breaks the darkness.
I think this book is a great book and I somehow thought that Anna Sewell new exactly how black beauty felt while he was experiencing everything. I love how everything is in the horse’s perspective.
The first part of the book deals with Black Beauty's birth in a meadow, his time spent as a foal with his mother and the advice she gives him to behave well to be treated well:
'She told me the better I behaved, the better I should be treated, and that it was wisest always to do my best to please my master; 'but,' said she, 'there are a great many kinds of men; there are good, thoughtful men like our master, that any horse may be proud to serve; but there are bad, cruel men, who never ought to have a horse or dog to call their own. Besides, there are a great many foolish men, vain, ignorant, and careless, who never trouble themselves to think; these spoil more horses than all, just for want of sense; they don't mean it, but they do it for all that. I hope you will fall into good hands; but a horse never knows who may buy him, or who may drive him; it is all a chance for us, but still I say, do your best wherever it is, and keep up your good name.'
Then he is sold to the Squire Gordon who is a horse lover and cares very well for his animals. Black Beauty makes friends with the other horses: Ginger, Merrylegs and Sir Oliver.
This extremely happy life ends with the beginning of the second part where Black Beauty and Ginger are sold to Earlshall Park. The life is harder there. He has a riding accident and gets badly injured and ruined. In part 3 he is sold 3 more times and then is bought by a man called Jerry. While he is working there he experiences a shocking event that involves his old friend ginger. He is sold again from one master to another, most overwork and mistreat him till he is sold to the Blomefield family. This is his last home, but why and how does his life end? Is it tragic or happy?