William Saroyan did an amazing job at writing Summer of the Beautiful White Horse. There are some things that I found the most interesting in the story involving conflict and characters. These are the ones that stuck out to me the most while reading…
“The horse will let me ride,” I said.
“ We shall see,” he said. “ don’t forget that I have a way with a horse.”
“Well,” I said, “any way you have with a horse, I have also.” (pg. 843).
The author is being competitive and wants to have the same abilities that his cousin has. He wants to be able to have the same abilities that his cousin has, but do them better. He wants to be able to have the same things as his cousin, but he wants to be a step ahead of him at the same time. He doesn’t want to be left behind when his cousin does something that he can’t do.
William Saroyan is using conflict to develop character by putting himself and his cousin in a situation where they both want to have the same abilities, but he wants them more than his cousin does. He is being very competitive with his cousin because he wants to have the same abilities, but do them better than his cousin.
“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. (pg. 844).
The way he was shocked showed that he was utterly surprised that his cousin was doing that. Although he basically took someone else’s horse, he was still happy that his cousin let him ride the horse as well.
He must have been wondering why his cousin was getting up so early in the morning every now and then. Now that he’s Figured it out, he has figured out why, he is very surprised that this was the reason why he was getting up so early. Once he realized that his cousin was bringing the horse to him and letting, him ride, he couldn’t have been have been more happy.
Early every morning for two weeks, my cousin Mourad and I took the horse out of the barn of the deserted vineyard where we were hiding it and rode it, and every morning the horse, when it was my turn to ride alone, leaped over grapevines and small trees and threw me and ran away. Nevertheless, I hoped in time to learn to ride the way my cousin Mourad rode. (pg. 847).
The author wants to keep trying in order to be like his cousin and the way he rides. Even though the horse keeps throwing him off, he still wants to be able to ride just like his cousin Mourad. He knows that he can’t just learn that fast, so he has to take his time while learning how to ride it.
The author makes you see how much determined he is to ride horses like his cousin does. He shows that no matter how many times he falls off of the horse, he still gets back up and tries to keep going and get better at riding the horse. It also shows how patient he is with the horse. He knows that the horse isn’t that familiar with him, so he knows it’s gonna take a while for him to learn how to ride the horse like his cousin does.