Romanticism In The Horse Dealer's Daughter

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The Horse Dealer’s Daughter by D. H. Lawrence is a British piece of literature set in a 1920’s English country that portraits an uncommon boy meets girl love story. Lawrence short narration cuts the romanticism built in the plot to reflect the dark and conflicting feelings of the main characters. The story is narrated in an ancient death rebirth symbolism. The main characters are Mabel, the horse dealer’s daughter, and Jack, the town’s doctor. In the beginning they are both at the edge of an emotional crisis and in the end they are renewed by a symbolic baptism and fell deeply in love. Mabel is at an end of her financial, emotional, and spiritual recourses. Recently, she discovered that her family has mislaid all its finances; they all can…show more content…
In this pond, Mabel tries to go to her mother literally, through death, rather than just figuratively through a sense of unity with the departed one. Mabels’ suicide attempt is predictable, because she has little except for her physical functions holding her to life. No longer after she emerged herself in the putrid pond she is saved by Jack. In a death imagery language the narrator says: “ He slowly ventured into the pond. The bottom was deep, soft clay, he sank in, and the water clasped dead cold round his legs. As he stirred he could smell the cold, rotten clay that fouled up into the water… He moved deeper into the pond. The cold water rose over his thighs, over his loins, upon his abdomen. The lower part of his body was all sunk in the hideous cold element. And the bottom was so deeply soft and uncertain, he was afraid of pitching with his mouth underneath. He could not swim, and was afraid.” Jack saving Mabel of her suicide attempt represents a symbolic baptism ceremony because they both are at the edge of an emotional crisis. Finally, when they go into the water it represents a figurative death; when they come out it represents a

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