A Dark Brown Dog

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  • Exposition
  • I'm taking you home.
  • Rising Action
  • We are not keeping this dog!
  • Conflict
  • Let's go on an adventure!
  • A young boy living in the 1900's was kicking gravel when a stray dog came up to him. The boy is amused with the dog, but struck him on the head. The boy walks away, but decides to bring the dog home. The dog feels guilty for angering the boy and blames himself for it.
  • Climax
  • The family have a meeting of whether or not they should keep the dog. The father agrees to keep the dog only to make the family angry. The boy and the dog begin to bond and become best friends. The reader feels glad the dog finally has found a home.
  • Falling Action
  • Poor boy.
  • Dog vs. Father: Whenever the boy was not around, the father would abuse him. The father is a drunk and takes his anger out on the dog. Dog vs. Himself: The dog is loyal to the boy even though the boy abuses him. The dog knows he is better off by himself, but never leaves the boy.
  • Resolution
  • The father was drunk and the dog was struck with a coffee pot and kicked it. The father thought it would be fun to throw the dog out the window. The boy took shelter under the table knowing not to intervene. The breaking point of the father has been reached and it's obvious nothing is holding his anger back.
  • Dad! Don't throw the dog out!
  • The dog falls fifteen floors to the ground. The child walks down the stairs, one step at a time, to check on his dog. The boy was upset because he just bonded with the dog and now he is wondering if his pet is alive or not.
  • Poor dog.
  • The boy sees his dark brown friend, dead on the floor. He is referred to as a friend at the end of the story. The dog is an African American in society and the family represents society. The dog was never accepted in the family and was treated horribly just for being alive.
  • I'll miss you, friend.
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