Commentary on a passage taken from "The Blindfolded Horse"

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        This passage, taken from The Blindfold Horse: Memories of a Persian Childhood written by Shusha Guppy, is a memoire that mainly revolves around the narrator’s recollection of “the Blindfold horse”. The plot revolves around the narrator’s memory of a blindfold horse that turns unceasingly in a circular path in order to perform a task. The setting takes place in “a narrow, muddy street “ in which the narrator walks with his mother during the time of winter that is described as gloomy and lifeless. The blindfold horse becomes a symbol of the narrator himself and thus, a symbol of humanity and its metaphoric blindness towards the cyclical meaninglessness of life. There are three important categories in the given excerpt. The first is the reader’s first impressions formed by the passage which resolve around setting, character, title and point of view. The second one is language and structure of the excerpt that deal with the imagery, symbolism, and diction. Finally, the excerpt reveals the author’s attitude and the use of irony. All of these reflect the thematic significance of the excerpt and thus raise the themes of illusionary content despite life’s hardships and the theme of reality versus illusion.

        The reader’s first impressions towards the excerpt resolve around the title, setting, characters, and point of view which manage to portray a place filled with darkness. The excerpt’s title, “The Blindfold Horse”, creates the first impressions towards the excerpt since it is the first thing to be seen. The title forms a dark impression on the reader’s mind and might foreshadow a dark place or setting since a blindfold horse can’t see anything but blackness. Furthermore, the excerpt begins with visual imagery that is gloomy and unpleasant in order to convey the setting and in order to create a dark and melancholic tone. For instance, the narrator uses words such as “muddy” and “dirty” in order to create an image of impurity and darkness. The writer uses auditory imagery as in “rutted deep” and “crunches the underfoot” in order to add a hostile effect towards the setting. Moreover, the narrator’s vividly described flashback gives the reader an impression that certain significance lays behind that memory since it is well remembered and described in the excerpt. In addition, the mother creates a first impression of irony because she claims the horse is “quite happy” whereas he doesn’t see anything except darkness throughout the day and that for sure does not lead to any happiness. Finally, the first person point of view allows the reader to go inside the narrator’s mind and understand the differences between his ideas and thoughts when he was a child and when he grows up.

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        The language and structure used which involve several literary elements such as imagery, symbolism and diction help in contrasting between moments of illusionary hope and moments of harsh reality. The excerpt begins with a short sentence structure that consists of only three words, “It is winter”. Winter is a season in the life cycle of the year and here it is being described in a very short way without providing any descriptions. This might mean that the narrator describes life as short and relates winter to death. Likewise, winter creates a cold and frigid atmosphere. The effect of choosing winter ...

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