Paper: An Analysis of Shared Love in I Want to Know Why by Anderson

" The picture of a shared experience of watching beautiful animals. Love and beauty can rescue ordinary lives. The narrator convinces himself that he can always pick a winner, “It's in my blood like in the blood of race track niggers and trainers." The excitement of race day dawns and "then the bugle blows for post and the boys that ride come running out with their silk clothes on and you run to get a place by the fence with the niggers." The sight of the thoroughbreds all nervous and sweaty and shiny brings a thrill to people of all races. Everyone gets caught up in the moment and ambience of the Saratoga racetrack. The narrator, like many in the crowd follows particular horses. Middlestride and Sunstreak were two particular favorites. Middlestride, the gelding is long and awkward but “goes away slow and is always way back at the half, then he begins to run and if the race is a mile and a quarter he'll just eat up everything and get there." In contrast the stallion Sunstreak is "hard all over and lovely to look at" and “run like a bird dog". These horses are loved by all and "I didn't want to see either of our horses beaten. The old men in Beckersville said and the niggers said so. It was a fact." Here is a genuine love and respect for these fine horses, one that is valid and intense. There are a few winners and many losers along the passage of life, white and black men can perhaps identify themselves in the challenge of life's race. Another example of shared love is the love for Sunstreak by his trainer Jerry Tillford and the narrator. “Sunstreak was standing quiet and letting the niggers rub his legs and Mr. Van Riddle himself put the saddle on." The horse was like a lightening rod and connected people in their admiration and expectations. "Seemed to me there wasn't anything in the world but that man and the horses and me", as the narrator noted....