Study Guide

Black Beauty Courage

By Anna Sewell


Apart from being a compelling argument against animal cruelty, Black Beauty is also just a really great story, thanks mostly to the appeal of its main character. One of Beauty's defining traits is that, like the very best heroes, he's incredibly brave. His courage saves more than one life in this story, and he can always be trusted to make the brave choice. But it's not only Beauty who's braveā€”this book is full of courageous acts by both men and horses.

Questions About Courage

  1. How does courage play a part in Beauty's life? When does he make courageous decisions?
  2. Horses are usually completely under the control of their masters. How do they show their courage?
  3. Are there any actions by the humans in this novel that are particularly brave? Which ones and why?
  4. Do you think Beauty recognizes his own bravery? Why or why not?

Chew on This

Even though Beauty doesn't seem to have many choices in his life, he still manages to be a brave hero through his selfless actions when humans are in danger.

In Black Beauty, Sewell reminds readers that speaking up against cruelty is the best and bravest choice in any situation.

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