A Study on The Horse Whisperer From the Perspective of Trauma Theory


  • Feifei Wang Taishan University




The Horse Whisperer, trauma theory, trauma influence, trauma recover


In The Horse Whisperer, Nicolas Evans explains, by in-depth discussion about issues like marital relations, family education, initiation process and trauma recovery, how the protagonists get cured and finally walk out of darkness and trauma, and how they become confident in that the future of their life will be brighter and brighter. Of all the literature reviews conducted around this book, few are from the perspective of trauma theory. It is under this context that this paper conducts its study.

Author Biography

Feifei Wang, Taishan University

School of Foreign Languages


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