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White Horses and Lethal White symbolism
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10/22/2018 - 4:31 am

EverybodyNeedsShanker said

I've read somewhere (here or on tumbrl possibly) that the whole horse breeding/ horse racing theme is an allusion to the british high society people and their life. I really liked that concept.
As for the title I'm confused or better say intrigued. And Rowling said the readers need to come up with their own ideas about the title origin. I want to elaborate the meaning, but no good ideas here.  

I saw someone posted in twitter about the Rosmersholm play (the play that quoted in every Lethal White chapter) and its parallels with Robin and Strike personal relationship. The Rosmersholm also features White Horse. Then I delve into it on wiki, the synopsis states:

"The play opens one year after the suicide of Rosmer's wife, Beata. Rebecca had previously moved into the family home, Rosmersholm, as a friend of Beata, and she lives there still. It becomes plain that she and Rosmer are in love, but he insists throughout the play that their relationship is completely platonic."

Is Strike parallels with Rosmer's character and Robin with Rebecca?. Rowling leaves it to our imagination. In the end of the play, both Rosmer and Rebecca commit suicide together, couldn't overcome the guilt of Beata (Charlotte?) 's suicide at the beginning so they can't live side by side falling in love with each other. I HOPE THAT'S NOT IMPLYING THE END OF STRIKE AND ROBIN'S RELATIONSHIP!??

As for the white horse symbolism in Rosmersholm, here's what I got on wikipedia:
"The central image of the play is the White Horse of Rosmersholm, the "family ghost" in Rebecca's phrase. It is seen, or rumored to be seen, by the characters after the suicide of Beata. The horse symbolizes the past that revolves around Rosmer's dead wife, and haunts the survivors. The presence of the horse at their death represents their incapacity to "deal with" the memories that haunt them. The white horse is similar to the "ghosts" that Mrs. Alving refers to in Ibsen's 1881 tragedy Ghosts."

The white horse meaning for the play itself is rather gruesome I think. For Lethal White, I take it this way: both Strike and Robin is feeling guilty about their recent failed romantic relationships. Robin feeling guilty of Matthew bcs she's not in love with him anymore so she tries to save the marriage before it falls apart. Strike feeling guilty of his treatments on Lorelei (or the other girls he dated), or the memory of Charlotte sometimes still haunts him (it rarely does in Lethal White). But unlike Rosmer and Rebecca, they could overcome the guilt. This matter might still goes on in upcoming books, and I hope it turns out this way. I might be wrong.

You might be right about the white horse represents the upper class, I also like the concept 🙂

Off topic, reading the Rosmersholm synopsis and the symbolism, reminded me of Lady Mary and Cousin Matthew's relationship in Downton Abbey series. Matthew thinking his relationship with Lady Mary is forever doomed, after his fiancee witnessed Matthew and Mary's love and died by an illness. In the end, Matthew realize his dead fiancee wants Matthew to be happy and he decides to propose Mary. I also think it's a nod to Rosmersholm with happier ending. I hope Strike and Robin's relationship ends happy like that 🙂

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10/17/2018 - 3:59 am

riverlynn said
I love the whole swans allegory, and its possibility that it parallels with Swan Lake. But I'm more confused about the White Horses symbolisms. MuggleNet posted this analysis before Lethal White released: http://www.mugglenet.com/2018/.....te-horses/ . Rowling kept posting the pictures white horses on twitter. For you guys, is there any more reason of Rowling gave the title 'Lethal White' apart from the Stubbs painting? What's the significance? Anyone wants to elaborate the meaning?  

I've read somewhere (here or on tumbrl possibly) that the whole horse breeding/ horse racing theme is an allusion to the british high society people and their life. I really liked that concept.
As for the title I'm confused or better say intrigued. And Rowling said the readers need to come up with their own ideas about the title origin. I want to elaborate the meaning, but no good ideas here.

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10/16/2018 - 11:16 am

I love the whole swans allegory, and its possibility that it parallels with Swan Lake. But I'm more confused about the White Horses symbolisms. MuggleNet posted this analysis before Lethal White released: http://www.mugglenet.com/2018/.....te-horses/ . Rowling kept posting the pictures white horses on twitter. For you guys, is there any more reason of Rowling gave the title 'Lethal White' apart from the Stubbs painting? What's the significance? Anyone wants to elaborate the meaning?

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