History Literature / BlackBeauty

27th Jan '17 12:11:11 AM Xtifr
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'''''Black Beauty''''' is an 1877 polemic novel by Anna Sewell, tracing the life of the titular fictional horse from colthood to retirement. Today it is considered a classic of children's literature; however, originally it was not written for children, but as an effort to draw attention to the wildly varying treatment of horses in Victorian England. As a result it contains mini-lectures on everything from bits and blinkers to broken knees. Along the way Beauty also provides a horse's perspective on the human capacity for cruelty and kindness, and comparisons between the treatment of animals and the treatment of poor working-class humans.

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'''''Black Beauty''''' ''Black Beauty'' is an 1877 polemic novel by Anna Sewell, tracing the life of the titular fictional horse from colthood to retirement. Today it is considered a classic of children's literature; however, originally it was not written for children, but as an effort to draw attention to the wildly varying treatment of horses in Victorian England. As a result it contains mini-lectures on everything from bits and blinkers to broken knees. Along the way Beauty also provides a horse's perspective on the human capacity for cruelty and kindness, and comparisons between the treatment of animals and the treatment of poor working-class humans.
10th Jan '17 8:54:31 AM Thorion
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In the 1994 film, York tells a circling Black Beauty in his stable to stand still. Beauty does so and by doing so brings his hoof down on York's foot.
18th Dec '16 9:40:20 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AnimalTalkAnimalTalk: Par for the course in a story like this.
22nd Oct '16 10:39:35 AM JoieDeCombat
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* MeaningfulName: Ginger, a chestnut mare, though she is called that because she snaps. Doubles as a StealthPun.
** Also Mr. Thoroughgood, the [[IncrediblyLamePun thoroughly good]] old man who buys beat down working horses like Ladybird and Beauty and gives them a second chance at life by "makes them young again," and finding them nice owners.

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Ginger, a chestnut mare, though she is called that because she snaps. Doubles as a StealthPun.
** Also On the human side we have Joe ''Green,'' whose youthful inexperience almost causes Beauty's death, and Mr. Thoroughgood, the [[IncrediblyLamePun thoroughly good]] old man who buys beat down working horses like Ladybird and Beauty and gives them a second chance at life by "makes rehabilitating them young again," and finding them nice good owners.
22nd Oct '16 9:27:09 AM Nire
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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Duchess, Black Beauty's mother, who only shows up in the first chapter and in Beauty's memories a few times after that. She was a well-behaved and much-beloved horse, and brought up her children to be docile and obedient to humans. Beauty's behavior throughout the story is defined by her teachings, and his kinder owners recognize immediately what a good temperament he has.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Duchess, Black Beauty's mother, who only shows up in the first chapter few chapters and in Beauty's memories a few times after that. She was a well-behaved and much-beloved horse, and brought up her children to be docile and obedient to humans. Beauty's behavior throughout the story is defined by her teachings, and his kinder owners recognize immediately what a good temperament he has.
18th Oct '16 5:13:14 PM Nire
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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Duchess, Black Beauty's mother, who only shows up in the first chapter and in Beauty's memories a few times after that. She was a well-behaved and much-beloved horse, and brought up her children to be docile and obedient to humans. Beauty's behavior throughout the story is defined by her teachings, and this was apparently also the case with his brother Rob Roy, who was well-known for being very gentle, obedient, and all-around well-behaved. As another of Duchess's sons, his new owners expected nothing less of Beauty.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Duchess, Black Beauty's mother, who only shows up in the first chapter and in Beauty's memories a few times after that. She was a well-behaved and much-beloved horse, and brought up her children to be docile and obedient to humans. Beauty's behavior throughout the story is defined by her teachings, and this was apparently also the case with his brother Rob Roy, who was well-known for being very gentle, obedient, and all-around well-behaved. As another of Duchess's sons, his new kinder owners expected nothing less of Beauty.recognize immediately what a good temperament he has.
18th Oct '16 5:09:34 PM Nire
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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Duchess, Black Beauty's mother, who only shows up in the first chapter and in Beauty's memories a few times after that. She was a well-behaved and much-beloved horse, and brought up her children to be docile and obedient to humans. Beauty's behavior throughout the story is defined by her teachings, and this was apparently also the case with his brother Rob Roy, who was well-known for being very gentle, obedient, and all-around well-behaved. As another of Duchess's sons, his new owners expected nothing less of Beauty.
18th Oct '16 3:20:59 PM Nire
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* AdaptedOut: Inevitable with a story with [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters so many characters]], so often only the most notable of Beauty's owners are given any attention while any others (if they are acknowledged at all) tend to be glossed over with some variant of "and then for several years I changed hands frequently." Beauty also meets a number of horses in the book, but generally only his mother, Ginger, and Merrylegs are named or get any real screentime (one cartoon kept Sir Oliver in, possibly the only time another horse is mentioned by name), and no adaptation has ever kept the brief scene of Rob Roy, Beauty's older brother.
18th Oct '16 2:54:24 PM Nire
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** A third was made by Jetlag productions in the 90's. Of the three, it falls between the other two in terms of faithfulness to the book. Hanna-Barbera's is generally considered to be about as faithful as a 45-minute cartoon could reasonably manage, while Burbank Films' version keeps a few notable scenes but otherwise bears only a passing resemblance.
14th Oct '16 5:01:06 AM Lancelot07
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** Also in the book, Beauty isn't even sure if [[spoiler:the dead horse he sees is Ginger,]] he merely ''hopes'' it is.
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