Week 4 - pages 124-168 of "Marley and Me" by John Grogan
By 22ryancrombie, Updated
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Marley Needs Help
"Marley needs this, we can not have him eating shoes and misbehaving so much."
"I completely agree, and the class is so cheap!"
First Day of Training
"Ma'am, please control your dog, he is bothering other members of the class."
"Marley get back here!"
"I am going to have to ask you to no longer return to this class. Your dog is too much of a distraction to the group."
"I understand, sorry for the disturbance."
After the miscarriage and a few months with Marley, the Grogans decide that Marley needs training. Since they still want to try to have kids and Marley still is not obedient, they think it is a necessary action. After a short deliberation, they decide to enroll him sooner rather than later in a class that only costs fifty dollars.
John, Jenny, and Marley arrive the first day of training very excited for the day to come. Jenny decides to lead Marley In the class, but it does not turn out anything like they expected. Marley does not behave, does not do any of the exercises correctly, and embarrasses John and Jenny. This annoys the other class participants and the class teacher to the breaking point.
I believe this scene is significant because I think it foreshadows that Marley will be a misbehaving dog his entire life. If this is true, the Grogans may never be able to have kids and that may hurt their relationship. This could then lead to a split which would not only change their lives forever, but Marley's too. This scene also shows Jenny's determination because she did not give up even when Marley was not listening. This quality could be one that is very important for Jenny throughout the story.
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