Lawrence we have the theme of doubt, reliance, connection, desperation, escape and security. Taken from his Selected Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Lawrence may be, at the beginning of the story, exploring the theme of doubt. Through the narrator the reader learns that Mabel is unaware of what she will do now that her father has died. Though she has the opportunity to leave the village and live with her sister, Lawrence never tells the reader whether Mabel will pursue this option, rather there is a sense that Mabel, if anything remains unsure as to what direction her life will take.
Contact Author The work of controversial English author D. Lawrence explores human nature through explicit sexual descriptions and intense psychological dialogue. World War I also had a strong impact on Lawrence - through much of his work, he uses a continuing symbolic cycle of life and death to display how new life can be given to individuals or societies of the verge of despair.
In this story, Lawrence abandons the romantic style that such a story would typically embrace by illuminating the deeply conflicting emotions of the two characters.
He suggests that the need felt by both of these characters to be loved drives their actions throughout the story. Mabel is the daughter of a horse dealer who has recently died and left the family in debt.
On one such occasion, a young doctor named Jack Ferguson watches her from a distance. She leaves the grave, walks through a field, and proceeds to walk directly into a lake. Jack watches her from afar, stupefied, and when she does not surface, he quickly runs in after her and saves her.
Jack brings her to the house, where he takes off her wet clothes and wraps her in blankets by a warm fire. Upon awakening, Mabel is confused and asks Jack if he was the one who saved her from the lake and undressed her.
When Jack responds that it was him, she asks if he loves her. She then begins to insist - she grabs on to him and says repeatedly "you love me, you love me, I know you love me, I know. Mabel begins to kiss him, passionately, still repeating "you love me" over and over, until finally, Jack responds that he does.
When Mabel, who feels her life is void and worthless, walks into the lake to end her life, she does not wish for anyone to rescue her. However, when Jack automatically jumps into the frigid waters to save her, not even knowing how to swim, he is acting in terms of his obligation to her as a doctor.
Jack is also a human being who assumes that Mabel wants to be saved. This collision of intentions causes confusion between the two characters: But I went overhead as well. I knew best, then.
But still he had not the power to move out of her presence, until she sent him. It was as if she had the life of his body in her hands, and he could not extricate himself.“The Horse Dealer’s Daughter,” as is typical of Lawrence’s short fiction, has a strong sense of plot, and because the two characters are of almost equal importance to his antibourgeois.
Surname1 Student’s name: Professor’s name: Course Code: Date Analysis of “The Horse-Dealer's Daughter" by D.H.
Lawrence This story is about the life of a horse dealer daughter called Mabel, who has just realized that all her family’s money is lost. Her brothers have the capacity to go and earn a living across the world; however . The plots of both stories are not only tailored to Lawrence‟s typical themes, but are very much alike in their symbolic diagesis.
E. W. Tedlock, Jr. calls “The Horse Dealer‟s Daughter” a “memorable, beautifully wrought development of Lawrence‟s vitalistic death and resurrection theme” (Tedlock ). The Pitiful Human Condition Exposed in Endgame, Dumbwaiter, and The Horse Dealer's Daughter The three stories, The Endgame (Beckett), The Dumbwaiter (Pinter), and The Horse Dealer's Daughter (Lawrence) all deal with the themes of repression, repetition, and breakdowns in communication.
- The Pitiful Human Condition Exposed in Endgame, Dumbwaiter, and The Horse Dealer's Daughter The three stories, The Endgame (Beckett), The Dumbwaiter (Pinter), and The Horse Dealer's Daughter (Lawrence) all deal with the themes of repression, repetition, and breakdowns in communication.
Parallels Between D.H. Lawrence’s “Daughters of the Vicar” and “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” Christopher Cook Course: English Instructor: Dr. Martin Kearney Assignment: Analysis Among the vast legion of creators that contribute to the artistic field of literature, only a.