Black Beauty Written by Anna Sewell I liked this book. It talks about how dreadfully horses and other animals were treated in the 1800s from the view of a well-bred horse who lived in a great place and got nicely treated, but got sold and then very badly treated in the remainder of his life. Plot line Beginning Black Beauty is born, taught not to bite or kick, and is broken in. He also watches Rob Roy, his brother, get killed in a hunting accident. Rising Action Beauty is sent to live at Birtwick. There he meets Ginger and Merrylegs and they become friends. Beauty also meets two grooms, John Manly, and James Howard. Beauty saves his master and John’s life one night, for they would’ve been swept away by a river. James is offered a job at another place, but before he leaves, he rescues Black Beauty and Ginger from a burning building. Joe Green replaces James Howard. After Beauty gallops 16 miles straight to save his mistress’s life, Joe nearly kills Beauty by giving him cold water and not putting a cloth on. Beauty leaves Birtwick after the three happiest years of his life, for the mistress was ill and had to move somewhere warm. Black Beauty was sold to the Earl of W- at Earshall, where he once again galloped to save a lady’s life. After this, the coachman, Reuben Smith, got drunk, broke Beauty’s knees, and died. He then became a job-horse. After a bad accident, he was sold to another man whose doctor had advised him to get a horse. After two struggles with coachmen, He was sold again and sent to a horse-fair. He was then bought by Jerry Barker, a cab driver in London. Plot line (continued) Rising Action Climax Conclusion In London, Jerry treated Black Beauty kindly He was treated and never overworked him. However, one terribly at this cab day Beauty ran into Ginger, who was also a owners stables and cab horse. Her last words to Beauty were could never rest. ‘”You were the only friend I ever had.”’ (Black One man had Beauty page 156) A little while after that a brought too much dead cab horse came by. It looked exactly luggage and Black like Ginger. Later he saw a pony that looked a Beauty couldn’t lot like Merrylegs being whipped. After the take it any longer. winter had passed, however, Jerry had been Beauty collapsed. given a way out of the hard life that the cab After he collapsed, drivers must live, so he took it and sold Black Black Beauty was Beauty to a corn dealer and a baker. At his sent to another new home, Beauty had hard loads uphill in a horse fair. He was bearing rein. He almost went blind, too. He bought by Farmer did recover and was sold to a large cab Thoroughgood. owner. At his farm, Beauty recovered from many years of hardships. One summer day, he was brought to the Bloomefields’ and was bought. Joe Green was his coachman. Black Beauty had finally reached his last home. Protagonist Always does what he is told. A fantastic friend Never stops trying his best to please his master Kind Black Beauty Always tries to hold his head up high Never bites nor kicks Highly-bred Trust worthy Antagonist Never seem to think about horse’s pain Cruel humans Expect the horse to do whatever he needs, and fast Do anything that they thinlk looks good Theme Jerry always tried to be a good cab driver even though he didn’t really like it and went to live in a really nice place. Beauty tried hard to please his masters and ended up in a great home. People who obey laws don’t go to jail. People who try hard usually succeed. Good things happen to those who deserve it People who don’t obey laws go to jail. People who don’t try don’t succeed. The cab owner didn’t care about his horses, and lost two of his best.