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  1. 1. SNAPSHOTS SUPPLEMENTARY READER CHAPTER 1 THE SUMMER OF THE BEAUTIFUL WHITE HORSE BY WILLIAM SAROYAN
  2. 2. WILLIAM SAROYAN
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION OF THE AUTHOR • WILLIAM SAROYAN: (AUG 31, 1908- MAY 18, 1981)- was born in Fresco, California, as a son of an Armenian immigrant. His father moved to New Jersey in 1905 where he was forced to take farm-labouring work. • After going through his father’s writings Saroyan decided to become a writer. Many of his books were based on his childhood experiences among the Armenian-American fruit growers of the San Joaquin Valley or dealt with the rootlessness of the immigrant. His first collected stories were published in “The Overland Monthly”. • “The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse” deals with never say die spirit of the people of Armenia.
  4. 4. THEME • Many of Saroyan’s stories are based on his childhood experiences among the Armenian- American fruit growers and deal with their sense of being uprooted. “The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse” deals with two Armenian boys who stray away from the values of trust and honesty for which their tribe in famous. The story deals with the theme of the adventure and thrill of youth and strong tribe character. It also emphasizes the need of avoiding stereotypes in one’s judgement of others. • This story is about two poor Armenian boys who belong to a tribe whose hallmarks are trust and honesty.
  5. 5. VOCABULARY • 1. hallmark- distinctive feature • 2. longing- a strong desire • 3. pious- sacred • 4. streak- natural inclination • 5. enormous- a lot of • 6. trot- slow movement of horse • 7. capricious- prone to sudden changes of mood or behaviour • 8. vagrant- wandering about aimlessly • 9. snorted- to breathe and puff • 10. hind- back • 11. parlour- a sitting room • 12. Assyrian- a native of Ethiopia • 13. dweller- one who lives • 14. patted- strocked
  6. 6. UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER • THE GAROGHLANIAN FAMILY- • Poverty-stricken, poverty of amazing and comical state • Just enough to fill bellies • Famous for honesty and integrity • Proud first, then honest • Very important to uphold the family name • Could never take advantage of anybody • Could never steal
  7. 7. UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER (Cont…1) • MAIN CHARACTERS • Aram- 9 yrs old, crazy about horses • Mourad- 13 yrs, crazy streak, adventurous, lived life to fullest, ready to take risks, full of exuberance (liveliness), did not mind breaking rules of the family, meant no harm, very confident, warm hearted and generous, cared for his cousin Aram, had a way with animals, birds and farmers.
  8. 8. UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER (Cont…2) • MOURAD STEALS A HORSE • Stole for pleasure • Invited Aram for a ride one early morning • Was crazy about horses • Had no intention of selling it • Enjoyed the ride together • Then decided to ride alone • When Aran tried to ride alone, couldn’t control and fall down • Hid the horse in a deserted vineyard • Had been taking these morning rides for some time
  9. 9. UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER (Cont…3) • CRAZY STREAK IN THE FAMILY • Uncle Khosrove: big built, big moustache, black hair, booming voice, instead of speaking roars, easily irritated, impatient, shuts up others by roaring the refrain – ‘It is no harm, pay no attention to it’.
  10. 10. UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER (Cont…4) • JOHN BYRO- OWNER OF THE HORSE • An Assyrian farmer, can speak Armenian, visit uncle Khosrove • Informs about the stealing of his white horse which had cost him sixty dollars • Worried, finds life difficult, he finds surrey rendered useless, has to go walking everywhere
  11. 11. UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER (Cont…5) • ARAM VISITS MOURAD • Informs Mourad about John Byro’s visit • Mourad tending to the broken wings of a young robin • Aram wants to keep the horse till he learns to ride • Mourad is scandalized-” Are you inviting a member of the Garoghlanian family to steal? The horse must go back to its true owner.” he said to Aram • But riding lessons continue for two weeks
  12. 12. UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER (Cont…6) • BOYS ENCOUNTER WITH JOHN BYRO • One morning run into the farmer, John Byro. • Mourad wants to do the talking, feels he has a way with farmers • Farmer studies the horse eagerly, feels it is his horse, inspects the teeth. • Asks for the name of the horse, can swear the horse is his but knows the honesty of Garoghlanian family, concludes it to be the twin of his horse
  13. 13. UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER (Cont…7) • HORSE RETURNED • Incident shakes Mourad’s conscience, can’t mar the family name • Early morning, ties the horse in Byro’s barn • John Byro overjoyed, shares the good news with Garoghlanian family • Finds the horse stronger and better- tempered than before
  14. 14. TEXTUAL QUESTIONS • 1. You will probably agree that the story does not have breathless adventure and exciting action. Then what in your opinion makes it interesting? • 2. Did the boys return the horse because they were conscience- stricken or they were afraid?
  15. 15. ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS • 1. Why was Mourad considered crazy by everybody? Cite reasons. • 2. Why did the narrator rub his eyes when he looked outside through the window? • 3. What was chief hallmark of the Garoghlanian tribe? • Why did Aram find it hard to believe that Mourad had stolen the horse? • 4. How did Aram justify Mourad’s act of stealing the horse? • 5. Describe uncle Khosrove in your word, what were his special traits? • 6. Where did the boys hid the horse after enjoying their ride? Why?
  16. 16. ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS (Cont…) • 7. How did Aram conclude that Mourad had been riding the horse for quite a while? • 8. Who visited uncle Khosrove one afternoon? What was he worried about? • 9. What did Mourad want Aram to say in the event of their being caught riding the horse? • 10. Why did Aram remark: “A man could be the father of his son’s flesh but that did not mean he was also the father of his spirit”? • 11. Explain: “Mourad enjoyed being alive more than anybody else who had ever fallen into the world by mistake”. • 12. Justify the title, ‘The Summer Of The Beautiful White Horse’.

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