Dark Brown Dog

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Noelle 620-02

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  • EXPOSITION
  • CONFLICT
  • RISING ACTION
  • The setting of the short story is in the south around the 1900s. The two main characters are the little boy and the dark brown dog. The little boy is very curious about the dog, yet he dislikes the dogs perkiness and wants the dog to stop following him. The dog thinks of the boy as one of his only friends, and is attached. Soon the boy starts hitting the dog, hoping he will go away, which upsets the dog greatly.
  • CLIMAX
  • The little boy is starting to face a man vs. self conflict. He wants the dog to now stay, since he liked his tricks. His feelings towards the dog are now changing, which makes the dog very happy since he now has a friend. The little boy then decides to bring the dark brown dog to the house, where soon more problems will soon be created, since his parents might not be willing to allow the dark brown dog into their home.
  • FALLING ACTION
  • The little boy brings the dog home, and his parents are not impressed. They think of the dog as an outsider and this leads the parents to scold the dog and hurt him, especially not around the little boy. The author makes the reader feel bad for the dog, as he is being picked on by the homeowners for doing nothing wrong.
  • RESOLUTION
  • One night, the little boy's father returned home drunk. This then caused him to make the poor decision of throwing the dark brown dog out out the window. This moment is very shocking and surprises every person reading it, as it happened very unexpectedly. The family let the dog stay, so you would not think, as a reader, that the father would still dislike the dog enough to have the desire and will- power to kill him.
  • After being thrown out the window, the dog eventually dies. The little boy did not expect ever losing such an important person in his life with such a short notice. The little boy can not understand why this had to happen, especially to his best friend.
  • The conflict is resolved by the father killing the dog, no matter how cruel that sounds. The message we get by the end of the story is the interactions you have with people throughout your life can change your views and actions. The little boy realized the cruelty of the actions of his father, which will lead him to make more informed decisions throughout the rest of his life.
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