UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Linda Sue Baugh (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Arturo Vivante

Abstract: The novel is essentially an exploration of man's relationship to his environment, the emphasis being on his need to understand the land he lives on and his reactions to it. The central character's sympathy for the land and his desire to learn from it form the basic conflicts of the work. The knowledge stained is not only of the sympathetic power between man and the wild but its potential danger as well in the form of animal aggression. The major symbols of the story evolve from natural surroundings and myth, the horse and horseman being the primary motif, invested with an animal cunning and an animal savagery. The knife symbolism is more ambiguous, implying not only a link with the wilderness but also one with civilization. There is a sense of control over environment, and at the same time a latent violence and potential for killing.

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Language: English
Date: 1969

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