“The Last Dog” Katherine Paterson’s “The Last Dog” follows the teenage Brock on his journey into the world outside the dome, an dystopian earth. While in the dome, Brock was taught that there was no life outside of the dome. This thought is contradicted, however, when Brock discovers an earth that highly resembles today’s earth. This earth contains plants, water, and some organisms, such as dogs. The world outside the dome is very different than the world inside the dome. The world inside the dome is different from the world outside the dome because of the live contained in both and the resources available. The world inside the dome does have some similarities to the world outside the dome, however. Both the world inside and outside the dome contain water, and they both contain air. The world inside and outside of the dome varies because of the life contained in both. For example, mothers do not exist inside the dome. Outside the dome, however, it is clear that mothers exist when Brock finds the puppy with its dead mother. Children are made in labs inside the dome. Insi...
The blocks of concrete sidewalk in between two rusty, red brick buildings prickle my skin. I lay out my piece of brown corrugated cardboard and am comforted by its smoothness. It provides insulation on a breezy summer night. I curl up, cramped, in the fetal position; my limbs grow limp as my eyelids weigh down over two chocolate eyes. I can feel my fuzzy black dreadlocks falling down the nape of my neck and into the collar of my thin cotton t-shirt. I pull my white tube socks up to my knees with the help of my toes; only the space between them and the bottom of my shorts is now left uncovered and open to the wind. I deliberately position myself in an attempt to conserve energy before morning comes and invites my stomach to turn into a ferocious growling beast. The storeowner will harp about me finding another stoop by prodding my body with a cobweb-infested broom. I will worry about that tomorrow. For now, I escape into a deep, silent slumber. I begin to dream of another life with a different social setting.
literature reveals to the reader political and societal problems that need addressing. In the dystopian novels The Hunger Games and The Mazerunner, readers are intrigued by the way protagonist starts at the bottom and fights their way to the top. Similar to this, in Yuri Herrera’s short story “The Objects,” the protagonist, Rafa, does just that. The story’s setting takes place in a building that forced people to transform into animals based on their social class. The reader follows Rafa’s physical and emotional transformation to the top floor where he overthrows the bosses in order to make a better life for himself. An analysis of Yuri Herrera’s
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In Emma Donoghue’s novel Room, Donoghue tells the story of Jack and Ma both in and out of captivity. For seven years Ma is held by Old Nick in the confinements of Room, an elev-en-by-eleven foot space equipped with only the bare necessities. In Ma’s second year in Room, she gives birth to her son Jack, who at the beginning of the novel does not believe in the world outside of Room. However, due to Ma’s perfectly organized escape plan they are able to escape Room, thrusting themselves into the outside world, a place completely different from inside Room. This drastic change in setting exposes a new side to nearly every aspect of their lives, completely opposite to that of Room. When this text is analyzed using structuralist theory, one
Once they arrive in the house, the main character is basically locked away in the nursery for the rest of the story. This nursery had everything moved out of it besides the bars on the window and th...
In the short story “The Last Dog” by Katharine Patterson, a young teen named Brock lived inside of a dome. He was told his whole life that the outside world is contaminated with some sort of disease. He wanted to go out so he put on a suit that kept him safe and he went to explore. He found something and brought it back and the people of the dome wanted to test on it. He wouldn’t let them take it away from him so he left the dome and found something even more interesting. He knew not to trust the people of the dome.
If I were to describe my life as a metaphor, I would say that it would be a dog that only knows the world within its bounds. Maybe a little like Courage the Cowardly Dog as well if I looked to the symbolic aspect of it. At home the world is normal and serene, yet the moment something passes through or you leave the house things can be skewed. The most normal of things might be seen as inhuman entities out to snatch your dearest ones away. That is the life of the unaware.
The present lifestyle of the average Canadian revolves around consumerism and the achievement of self-actualization needs. These desires and materialistic ideals however, are relatively new concepts as a result of capitalism, which was spurred by the introduction of the department store during the late 19th century. Stores such as Timothy Eaton, Hudson Bay Company, Simspon’s and other major retailers stimulated the economy by encouraging cash sales, ultimately modernizing Canada and making it what it is today. Donica Belisle’s “Retail Nation: Department Stores and the Making of Modern Canada” encompasses the negative and positive impacts of the department store on Canada during the 20th century. Furthermore she explains how these corporations dominated and adapted to the lifestyles of the average Canadian. Belisle effectively supports her arguments by including in depth research and presenting both sides of the story.
“The Last Dog”, is a great story with an amazing, and true moral about following your instincts. It is written by Katherine Patterson. Although this story is an obvious fantasy, it can be used in real life to make difficult choices. Some choices are hard to make; however, sometimes we just know what the right choice is. Likewise, Brock instantly knew what to do in order to save Brog, his dog. Personally, this story was interesting to me because of the adoring affection Brock showed towards his loyal friend.
The space of the nursery in Peter and Wendy is an area of safety and control in the Darling children’s lives. When the children are inside of it their parents or their nurse, Nana can have the children under their domain. It is not until the children are left unguarded that they can leave with Peter and enter to a world of greater freedom and danger. Although they experience much greater freedom, the children submit to their parent’s wishes to keep them inside their realm.
I knew he was gone the moment I awoke on Christmas morning. While other families somewhere laughed, smiled, and opened presents, I could only stare listlessly at my own presents, and those placed in the shopping bag in the corner, never to be opened. With the death of my beloved golden retriever, Kennedy, a part of me had also died. For Kennedy was no ordinary dog.