The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse

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"It’s a horse. You’re not dreaming. Make it quick if you want to ride."

“It’s a horse. You’re not dreaming. Make it quick if you want to ride.”

This blog is a forum for your group and your classmates to have a conversation about William Saroyan’s story of childhood longing, The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse.  Working with your group, find significant details in the story. Look for a specific passage, a pivotal event, or an important symbol. Explore the author’s use of language, mood and tone.  Consider the relationship between the characters.  Think about the way that the characters are described, their characteristics, the conflicts that they face, the actions they take, and their emotional reactions. Investigate the setting – pay attention to descriptive words and details that are used to describe the place and time of the story.

Finally, find something that grabs your interest and that you want to examine carefully. Investigate the story completely — make it your own. Learn everything you can about it, and then develop a well written post.  Use hypertext to connect to ideas and provide context for your writing.  You may want to find or create images and other media to express your ideas.  As you and your group members contribute posts, read each others’ ideas and make thoughtful comments.

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Afton says William Saroyan creates Conflict by revealing Character.

What I want to acknowledge that I think that my author William Saroyan creates Conflict by revealing Character in the story “The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse ,” I think this because of the main characters Mourad and Aram. These two boys are in love with horses, and they have always dreamed about riding them, but they have a bump in the road, they’re poor and can’t afford it. One day Mourad decided to bring a present to Aram and it was this really expensive white horse . Aram described it as so magnificent, so lovely, and so exciting. He was excited, but he knew it would be the wrong thing to do, but he got on the horse.

“In the second place, we were poor.
This was the part that wouldn’t permit me to believe what I saw.”

This is evidence because, With the character Mourad being poor it creates conflict through the story because, he suddenly got something that is expensive. Not only did Aram knew that it was expensive and clearly out of range for the price that Mourad could afford, Aram still got on and rode with Mourad that morning.

“We were poor. We had no money. Our whole tribe was poverty-stricken. Every branch of the Garoghlanian family was living in the most amazing and comical poverty in the world. Nobody could understand where we ever got money enough to keep us with food in our bellies, not even the old men of the family. Most important of all, though, we were famous for our honesty. We had been famous for our honesty for something like eleven centuries, even when we had been the wealthiest family in what we liked to think was the world. We were proud first, honest next, and after that we believed in right and wrong. None of us would take advantage of anybody in the world, let alone steal.“

“Well, it seemed to me stealing a horse for a ride was not the same thing as stealing something else, such as money. For all I knew, maybe it wasn’t stealing at all. If you were crazy about horses the way my cousin Mourad and I were, it wasn’t stealing.”

This evidence because, it shows conflict when it says “Well, it seemed to me stealing a horse for a ride was not the same thing as stealing something else, such as money.” It also creates character at the same time because, he wants to ride it but, he knows its wrong.

“Consequently, even though I could see the horse, so magnificent; even though I could smell it, so lovely; even though I could hear it breathing, so exciting; I couldn’t believe the horse had anything to do with my cousin Mourad or with me or with any of the other members of our family, asleep or awake, because I knew my cousin Mourad couldn’t have bought the horse, and if he couldn’t have bought it he must have stolen it, and I refused to believe he had stolen it.”

The horse leaped over seven vines before I fell. Then it continued running. My cousin Mourad came running down the road.
“I’m not worried about you,” he shouted. “We’ve got to get that horse.”

I think that this really shows character through conflict because, the conflict here is that the stolen horse is running off they would have to return it to its rightful owner before they wake, but with it running it shows that Mourad doesn’t care about Aram but, to get that horse.

It took him half an hour to find the horse and bring him back. All right, he said, jump on. The whole world is awake now. What will we do? I said. Well, he said, “we’ll either take him back or hide him until tomorrow morning.” He didn’t sound worried and I knew he’d hide him and not take him back. Not for a while, at any rate. “Where will we hide him?” I said. “I know a place,” he said. “How long ago did you steal this horse?” I said. It suddenly dawned on me that he had been taking these early morning rides for some time and had come for me this morning only because he knew how much I longed to ride. “Who said anything about stealing a horse?” he said. Anyhow, I said, “how long ago did you begin riding every morning?” “Not until this morning,” he said. “Are you telling the truth?”I said. Of course not, he said, but if we are found out, that’s what you’re to say. I don’t want both of us to be liars.

My author William Saroyan creates Conflict by revealing Character through the actions of Mourad and Aram in the story “The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse ,” by showing that Mourad stole a horse, and since Aram have always wanted to ride a horse, Mourad gave him the chance to. Even that Aram knew it was wrong to go with Mourad he took the chance showing character through conflict between risking the chance that his family could never be trusted again.


Rowen: William Saroyan Establishes The Narrator To Illustrate The Point Of View

Rowen Says: William Saroyan establishes the narrator to illustrate the point of view.
I could tell that this story was told in first person. I liked that William Saroyan used it to make the characters interact with each other in the story. The narrator is what was used to build the point of view.

“I leaped to the back of the horse and for a moment knew the awfullest fear imaginable.”

This is Aram and his explanation of how he feels really bad. This is in the desert when Aram starts learning how to ride the horse which is also part of the climax. It shows how the narrator feels about the scene that he is having to explain and because this is first person and is the main character and narrator talking. This is evidence because it shows that my point of view is built upon narrator which also proves that my thesis.

“I kicked into the muscles of the horse.”

This is showing that the narrator is the main character and that he went through this himself. This is explaining what Aram is doing. This is about the time that they are at the edge of town and the’re practicing how to ride the horse. This is also at the climax of the story when they are training the horse to be more kind and not so misbehaved. They both seem to do this because they’ve really wanted to do this since they were very young but Mourad really does this to train the horse to be a good/better horse. This proves my thesis because it shows that there is a narrator who explains everything in the story. Like the example I just gave you.

All in all this makes sense in the end. This is why I believe that the author used these literary devices and how it proves my thesis.

“Mourad,” I said, “where did you steal this horse?”

It supports the fact that the Narrator is giving the story its point of view that it has. Aram is telling the story and he is also a part of the story itself showing that he is the narrator, and main character, it makes it obvious that this is, again, First Person. This is the part of the story where it is rising action when Aram is going to ride the horse and the part of the story when Morad is at Arams house and introduces him to the horse he borrowed. I think the author has him ask about Mourad stealing the horse so it seems like Aram is a little suspicious of the other stealing but he doubts it in his mind. This proves that there is a narrator and that there is a point of view and that its first person because you get more involved but when the story is like third person you develop your own opinions and you don’t get to hear characters opinion in the story.

“It wasn’t easy,” he said, “to get the horse to behave so nicely.”

(The point of view leads up to mood and how you feel about Aram.)
Well, obviously, Aram is the narrator, and he gives the story’s mood. He does this throughout the story by saying things like this and also describing other peoples mood during the story. You are trusting the narrator because he seems so innocent. It creates a good mood that was set in the story. I think William did this because it made his story more interesting unlike stories where the characters aren’t involved in the story at all. This proves my thesis because it shows how the author is establishing the mood with point of view like mixing ingredients into a mix to make a new food. He uses one device to create another.

All in all this makes sense in the end. This is why I believe that the author used these literary devices and how it proves my thesis.


Zoe says: William Saroyan creates imagery to develop mood.

William Saroyan creates imagery to develop mood in the story “The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse.”


I got down and my cousin Mourad kicked his heels into the horse and shouted, “Vazire,” run. The horse stood on its hind legs, snorted, and burst into a fury of speed that was the loveliest thing I had ever seen. My cousin Mourad raced the horse across a field of dry grass to an irrigation ditch, crossed the ditch on the horse, and five minutes later returned, dripping wet.

This section is an example of imagery because the section is describing what the scene looked like when Mourad kicked the horse to make the horse run. When you read the section you can see the horse running with Mourad happening. Mood supports my thesis because you have to have imagery to have mood, also because you have to have a mood to see the story and follow along with the story.


I kicked into the muscles of the horse. Once again it reared and snorted. Then it began to run. I didn’t know what to do. Instead of running across the field to the irrigation ditch the horse ran down the road to the vineyard of Dikran Halabian where it began to leap over vines. The horse leaped over seven vines before I fell. Then it continued running.

You can see when Aram kicks into the horse, how the horse rears and snorts again and then takes off just like what happened with Aram’s cousin except the ride goes wrong and Aram falls off, then Mourad and Aram have to catch the horse because the horse is stolen so they can’t let anyone find the horse before they do. The mood in the section above makes you feel kind of nervous towards the end because you don’t want Mourad and Aram to get in trouble, but you like where the story is going.


“Good morning, John Byro,” my cousin Mourad said to the farmer.

The farmer studied the horse eagerly.

Good morning, sons of my friends, he said. What is the name of your horse?

“My Heart,” my cousin Mourad said in Armenian.

“A lovely name,” John Byro said, “for a lovely horse. I could swear it is the horse that was stolen from

me many weeks ago. May I look into its mouth?”

“Of course,” Mourad said.

The farmer looked into the mouth of the horse.

“Tooth for tooth,” he said. “I would swear it is my horse if I didn’t know your parents. The fame of your family for honesty is well known to me. Yet the horse is the twin of my horse. A suspicious man would believe his eyes instead of his heart. Good day, my young friends.”

This is evidence with imagery because you can see the boys talking to the farmer about the horse and you can see that they look kind of nervous but they are hiding their nervousness really well. You can easily find the mood in the above section because Mourad and Aram are nervous because they really did steal the horse from John Byro, you would be nervous because John Byro might realize that, the horse was his horse and punish Mourad and Aram for stealing it. It was a relief that John Byro didn’t notice that the horse was his horse, instead he said the horse was the twin to his horse and then he left.


Karlee Says: Saroyan Uses Character Development to Reveal Mood

In the story of “The Summer Of The Beautiful White Horse”

William Saroyan uses Character Development to reveal mood.

“It’s an Horse. You’re not dreaming. Make it quick if you want to ride.”

At this part of the story the characters are interacting with eachother. It’s the beginning where the main character is encouraging the second character to ride.

Since it’ s in the beginning the second character had just awoken and is very confused. The characters are cousins they aren’t very close right now but as you continue to read the story you will soon realize how their personalities become known to one another.

“Get down. The Horse will let me ride.”

This is evidence because the characters are developing a connection with the horse. At this point they become closer to each other as well.

The mood is kind of exciting because the second character is going to ride the horse he gets on, then gets bucked off a few times it’s only because he’s not used to controlling  a horse. The main character is the master at Horse things like how to ride them and know when and how they feel. But, however  the younger character is just now learning how to ride thats why he fell off the first time he rode.

“None of us would take advantage of anybody in the world,let alone steal.”

Well the characters come from a very well known and loyal family, nobody would suspect bad behavior from them.  They stole the horse and they can’t let the horses owner know that. They encountered the owner while they were riding the horse but the owner didn’t really seem to notice. They went against their family’s rules. Even though they hid the horse they knew they had to give it back some point in time. At this point the characters have became a working team trying to take care of the horse while hiding it.

The mood is kind of disappointment and shock. The characters knew it was bad but they decided to do it anyways.


Finally the they gave back the hourse. The owner was so happe because he finalle got his horse back and he didnt even know it was stolen. He was happy bacause the horse was better than ever healthy and muscular. it was hard for the cousins to give back the horse because they had grown attached to it and had wished they could keep it longer. But, like they always say, good things dont last forever.