An Analysis of Theme in ?The Horse Dealers Daughte Essay

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An Analysis of Theme in ?The Horse Dealers Daughter?

An Analysis of Theme in "The Horse Dealer's Daughter"
Many authors are recognized by a reoccurring theme found throughout their works. The
author D.H. Lawrence can be classified into this group. He is well known for his
reoccurring theme that romantic love is psychologically redeeming. He wrote "The Horse
Dealer's Daughter" , a short story that exemplifies this theme quite accurately, in 1922
(Sagar 12). Through excellent use of symbolism in "The Horse Dealer's Daughter", Lawrence
renders his theme of romantic love being psychologically redeeming through the emotional
development of the two main characters, Mabel and Dr. Fergusson.

In "The Horse Dealer's Daughter," symbols are used to fulfill the quest of happiness and
love. This love story has many symbols, which show hidden meaning. One can fully
understand a story, if one can point out certain symbols. Symbols create ideas and images
for the reader to better understand the story. (Symbol)Mabel, one of the two main
characters in this story, is depressed and suicidal. After her mother died, she feels like
there is nothing to live for. Her mother was the love and joy in her life; without her,
she is lost. All she has left is her house, which she is extremely proud of, and her
brother, which she seems not to care for. She decides to release herself from her troubles
by drowning herself in a pond. The other main character, Dr. Fergusson, sees her and tries
to save her life. This pond is a strong symbol with many meanings. It is a start of a new
experience, and a change of two people's lives.

The pond is described as dead and cold. This symbolizes that Dr. Fergusson had no feelings
for Mabel before the incident. The narrator describes the pond as lifeless right before
the doctor had entered it. Before going in, the relationship between them was dead and
cold, and they had no passionate feelings for one another. Dr. Fergusson tries to rescue
Mabel for no other reason but because he was doing his job. The pond also describes Dr.
Fergusson's life as dull and pointless. His life was still and silent before he had met
her. He was afraid to go in too deep into the pond, and was afraid of drowning. This
represents his fear of falling in love. He was scared of the water because he could not
swim, and also because he was scared of love. He never experienced it, so it frightened
him. When he finally falls in, he felt Mabel's clothing and pulled her up. This means that
when he fell into the pond, he found love. It was like fate had pushed him into the water
to meet the woman he was meant to be with, for the rest of his life. He found love in a
dead and cold pond, which means sometimes one has to look at even the unimaginable places
to find happiness. In a dead place such as the pond, you can find something that is alive
such as love.

This pond symbolizes the start of their love for each other, since they fall madly in love
afterwards. The water symbolizes baptism and rebirth, and when she steps into it, her
troubles are washed away. It represents cleanliness and the start of new life. Her life
before felt meaningless to her, and she wanted to get out of it. She had nobody to love
and care for her, after her mother had died. She never tries anything new and when she
finally does, something amazing happens to her. Dr. Fergusson's life was just as pointless
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