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Kimbra Ussery ENGL 1101 10/6/2011 Year of Wonders Literary Analysis Winston Churchill once said, “There is something about a horse that is good for a man.” Because, “In riding a horse, we borrow freedom,” as said by Helen Thompson. When I think of horses, my first thoughts are of my favorite childhood movie, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. This movie is about a stallion that could never be tamed. In Year of Wonders , Mompellion’s horse, Anteros, is a symbol for freedom. When Mr. Mompellion arrived to the town riding Anteros, many villages thought that such a fine stallion was no fit steed for a priest (page 15). These thoughts can also be considered foreshadowing of the horrific events to come. After the plague strikes, Mompellion becomes tied to the village and does not leave to keep from spreading the plague therefore losing his freedom. While the village is sick, Mr. Mompellion never rides Anteros except for in the few cases where
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Unformatted text preview: he only rides to go help a fellow villager. He becomes a slave to the villagers in their time of need. Mr. Mompellion also becomes a slave to his grief after Elinor’s death. Anna tries to cheer him up and get him active by reminding him of his duties such as someone might call on him or that he needs to give Anteros exercise. He refuses to even ride the horse which shows his lack of will power and freedom. The turning point occurs when Anna rides Anteros (page 227). She realizes that she is still alive and should think positively about this. His hoof beats hit the ground to the rhythm of, “We live, we live, we live.” While Anna is riding him, her pulse beats to the same rhythm. His spirit frees her from her pain. It gives her freedom again....
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