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The Rain Horse By Ted Hughes.

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  • Submitted: 23/10/2003
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AS and A Level Machinery of Justice

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The Rain Horse

By Ted Hughes

1. Before he sees the horse, the narrator is feeling confused and angry;

"...anger against himself for blundering into this mud-trap..."

As you can see from another word in the sentence, 'blundering', the narrator's anger against himself has made him clumsy, and 'blundering' is a very clumsy word. At this point, the narrator is feeling confused because he cannot decide whether to go round a longer journey, or take a shortcut through a farm. It seems as though he has a bad history with the farmer, because he talks of being called a trespasser;

"...or shouted at as a trespasser deterred him..."

2. The sense of fear and mystery surrounding the horse is given because the writer uses many similes to describe it;

"...running on its toes like a cat, like a dog up to no good...like a nightmarish leopard..."

Because the horse is far away from him, he can only give a description of its appearance, and he can not know any more, this is what gives the horse a sense of mystery and wonder.

3. As the man sits in the wood,

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