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
• “The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse” deals with
never say die spirit of the people of Armenia.
• 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
• This story is about two poor Armenian boys who
belong to a tribe whose hallmarks are trust and
• 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
• 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
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
• Could never take advantage of
• Could never steal
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.
UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER (Cont…2)
• MOURAD STEALS A HORSE
• Stole for pleasure
• Invited Aram for a ride one early
• 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
UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER (Cont…3)
• CRAZY STREAK IN THE
• 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’.
UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER (Cont…4)
• JOHN BYRO- OWNER OF THE
• 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
UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER (Cont…5)
• ARAM VISITS MOURAD
• Informs Mourad about John Byro’s visit
• Mourad tending to the broken wings of a
• 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
UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER (Cont…6)
• BOYS ENCOUNTER WITH JOHN BYRO
• One morning run into the farmer, John
• 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
UNDERSTANDING THE CHAPTER (Cont…7)
• HORSE RETURNED
• Incident shakes Mourad’s
conscience, can’t mar the
• Early morning, ties the horse
in Byro’s barn
• John Byro overjoyed, shares
the good news with
• Finds the horse stronger and
better- tempered than before
• 1. You will probably agree that the
story does not have breathless
adventure and exciting action. Then
what in your opinion makes it
• 2. Did the boys return the horse
because they were conscience-
stricken or they were afraid?
• 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
• 4. How did Aram justify Mourad’s act of stealing the horse?
• 5. Describe uncle Khosrove in your word, what were his special
• 6. Where did the boys hid the horse after enjoying their ride? Why?
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
• 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’.
Offenbar haben Sie einen Ad-Blocker installiert. Wenn Sie SlideShare auf die Whitelist für Ihren Werbeblocker setzen, helfen Sie unserer Gemeinschaft von Inhaltserstellern.
Sie hassen Werbung?
Wir haben unsere Datenschutzbestimmungen aktualisiert.
Wir haben unsere Datenschutzbestimmungen aktualisiert, um den neuen globalen Regeln zum Thema Datenschutzbestimmungen gerecht zu werden und dir einen Einblick in die begrenzten Möglichkeiten zu geben, wie wir deine Daten nutzen.
Die Einzelheiten findest du unten. Indem du sie akzeptierst, erklärst du dich mit den aktualisierten Datenschutzbestimmungen einverstanden.