Theme analysis of 'The Outlaw' by Sinclair Ross

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From a young age, children have a strong desire to become adults. They imitate their parents and other relatives when playing games, and try to act as grownups, when they are not. Sinclair Ross explores this idea in "The Outlaw", a story about a boy who seeks guidance from his horse, Isabel, on his path to maturity. The boy projects his thoughts and feelings onto his horse, which represent his dreams and his attitude toward life. He gives Isabel anthropomorphic qualities, which depict her as a temptress, as trying to seduce him to ride her. He mentions that: "She had sized me up, evidently, as soft-hearted as well as faint-hearted, and decided there was just a chance that I might weaken and go riding.(p18/130)" This statement shows his …show more content…

The boy realizes that maturity comes with responsibilities, and in order to be considered an adult, one has to face the consequences of one 's actions. Before facing his father he says "should he so much as threaten the razor strap I would ride away on Isabel and be lost to them forever", this shows that he wants to run away from his problems. However, after his father does not get angry at him, he realizes that his father has gained confidence in him and is proud

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