Dark Brown Dog

Dark Brown Dog
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Storyboard Description

Many symbols, themes, and literary elements are used to describe the story of "A Dark Brown Dog". A little dog is used to symbolize a African American man and a young boy represents a slave owner. The little boy's father represents the outcome of what would happen if a slave were to disobey orders. As soon as the story begins, you realize that this dog has just escaped and is now looking for a new home. Together, the characters represent the time of slavery throughout the 1900's. This is a major theme to keep in mind while reading this story. The setting was a city area where tenements were located. This story is an allegory. The story of a relationship between two completely different individuals by Stephen Crane.

Storyboard Text

  • Exposition
  • Rising Action
  • Conflict
  • A little boy was standing on the street corner when all the sudden he was approached by a stray dog. The boy praises the dog but soon scolds it for trying to "bite" him.
  • Climax
  • The dog follows the boy home and is eventually welcomed into the boys household; it is immediately mistreated and abused.
  • Falling Action
  • The boy wants to protect the dog but knows that as soon as he turns his back, the dog gets into trouble. The father was the one to physically abuse the dog and the dog failed to stand up for himself.
  • Resolution
  • One day, the father comes home drunk and is outraged. Seeing this behavior before, the child knows to hide but the dog didn't. The father takes his opportunity to punish the dog and without hesitation, picks the dog up and drops it out the window.
  • The dog created a scene when falling that resulted in its death. Women, men, and children had all turned their attention to this animal.
  • The child made his way down to the dark brown dog's body and mourned at the loss of his friend.
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