Honors 9 Notes
B. Traven: we don’t know what his real name is. He might be Jack London in disguise. (Or a reptilian shape shifter. Maybe he assassinated JFK. No one knows.) He was liberal, escaped Eastern Europe and joined the Wobblies. Went to Mexico, wrote about the Mexican Revolution
Wobblies: ultra-liberal political group, anarchists
How did the story make us feel? Sad that the dog left, angry that the Frenchman overreacted, disappointed with the Frenchman for betraying the dog’s trust and that the dog had done nothing to deserve it, hopeful because the dog made a lasting impression on the man. Angry, not because the Frenchman threw the roll, but that afterwards the Frenchman treats him like an inferior, not like a friend.
How did Traven make us feel that way? Dog didn’t forgive the man and dog said goodbye twice. Denouement is short and very final. Last time the man ever saw the dog.
Whyyyyyy? B Traven is trying to teach the reader that love>material gifts. If you don’t learn this theme, this will happen to you!
Why did the dog come back twice? The dog wanted to forgive the Frenchman, but couldn’t.
(p181, bottom third) the dog started to wag, but then stopped when realizing what he was doing. Dog was teaching the man a lesson about how to treat people.
Frenchman just doesn’t get it (p182) gives him a steak, then a huge calf’s bone. Dog is trying to communicate that he DON’T WANT NO MEAT.
Why a dog? Dog=man’s best friend. Title=Friendship.
This dog is different than other dogs, shows self-restraint, wants affection>food
(p173) The dog refrained from coming inside because he’s intelligent, (p171) dog still won’t come in, (p172) dog no come in never
Why doesn’t the dog come inside? Dog wants more than food, dog wants the man’s trust.
How is the dog different? Dog shows self-restraint
(p179 last paragraph) Dogs are beaten if they deserve it, stick with those who feed them
(p175 middle) the dog had never known what love was, dog loves affection>food. Money can’t buy me love. Immaterial>material.
How did the Frenchman try to apologize to the dog?
(p180 3rd paragraph) he has a steak to apologize
(p178 3rd paragraph) he takes a steak from a customer
The dog doesn’t want food as an apology. (p182) dog only wags when the man shows affection. (p182 bottom) dog licks man on the hand for A FULL MINUTE (hyperbole). Man pet the dog with his haaaand! Doggy love affection! Wheeee! Lovelovelovelovelove!
Why did the Frenchman throw the roll? He’s angry. Friends hurt each other sometimes. The people closest to us end up being hurt the most when we are angry.
Why didn’t the dog dodge the roll? Integrity: the dog will not back down. Trust: he couldn’t believe the Frenchman would hurt him. (end of P.177)