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Lecture 4

ENG1120 Lecture 4: The Horse Dealer’s Daughter

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ENG 1120
Breid Mc Ilkenny

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The Horse Dealer’s Daughter
January 26, 2016
D.H. Lawrence
- 1885-1930 (TB)
- Modernist
- Multiple books banned for obscenity
- Believed there had been a split between thought and feeling, and thought that moral
awareness was only possible when the two were unified
Split caused by destructive industrialism
- Characters were both symbolic and realist (character’s in their own right, with thoughts &
The Horse Dealer’s Daughter
- Presents consciousness in 3rd person omniscient (not stream of consciousness)
- Psychological rather than romantic love
Possession in relationships (unity of two individuals)
- Takes place early in industrialisation (horses are no longer needed)
- Opens with the central question of the story
What is Mable going to do?
- All is lost, desolate, dreary (dining room)
- Mable has developed a tough skin
“They had talked at her and round her for so many years, that she hardly heard
them at all.”
“Steady, dangerous eyes”
Felt a sense of pride as long as there was money (“brutally proud”)
- Part of her identity
Loved her mother dearly (“Lived in memory of her mother”)
Depressed and suicidal
- Can only be glorified in death
- Caring for her mother’s grave (preparing it for herself)
- Repetition, both within and between sentences
- Joe: Red faced, not very intelligent, representative of Lawrence’s father
Is about to be married & go into service
- Fred Henry: Likes to think he’s in control of his life, but he isn’t anymore
- 4 horses represent the children of the family
“a stupidity that held them in subjection”
A sense of freedom thwarted
- Holly bush separates the private yard from the public road
Representative of Jesus and the crucifixion
- Jack Fergusson: More intelligent than the brothers
Friends with Fred Henry, dislikes Joe
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