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War Horse Analysis
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
World War IThis just in: war sucks. Although War Horse doesn't have the graphic violence of All Quiet on the Western Front or Saving Private Ryan, it's still pretty brutal. People die. Horses...
Narrator Point of View
First Person (Central Narrator)If you've heard one war story, you haven't heard them all. War Horse changes things up because its narrator is a horse. And he's not a person trapped inside a horse's...
Coming-of-AgeA Pony TaleWar Horse is a coming-of-age story told at an accelerated pace. Joey's turbulent teenage years occur when he's only six months old, "wild and vicious" (2.9) and listening to...
What's Up With the Title?
Joey is a horse. He's at war. The end.Actually, not so fast. Did you notice the contrast in War Horse between the horses and the machines? In one memorable scene, Joey flees in panic as a massive t...
What's Up With the Ending?
The war is over. Joey is back home. Everyone's happy. Right? Not quite. There's something unusual about the final line of War Horse: Try as I might, I never got to eat any of [Maisie's] pastries, a...
(2) Sea LevelEven if this is your first day at the rodeo, you won't have any trouble with War Horse. Our horse narrator, Joey, uses basic vocabulary and a pretty simple sentence structure. Reading...
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