Black Beauty

Why does Anna Sewell believe all animals are inherently good

Why does she treat animals like humans

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Although many regard it as a novel clearly intended for children, Sewell did not explicitly limit her book to a children audience. Instead she stated that she intended for this book to encourage readers to deal with horses sympathetically and to understand their needs and wants. To that end she has a horse—Black Beauty—narrate the story. This anthropomorphic trait puts the reader directly in a horse’s horse-shoes and forces them to look at the world through the eyes of an often mistreated workhorse. Animal's do not have the greed and hubris that seems natural to humans.