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The Dark Brown Dog

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Kelly Stephenson

on 23 October 2013

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Transcript of The Dark Brown Dog

A Dark Brown Dog
A Dark Brown Dog
By Stephen Crane
In the beginning, the author introduces the boy and the dark brown dog. Once they are friends, the boy brings the dog home. The family decides the dog can stay. The family abuses the dog by throwing things at it, and underfeeding him when the boy is not around. One day, the father comes home, drunk, and throws the dog out the window. The boy cries and runs over to the dog and comforts the body.
The theme of A Dark brown dog is: Friends stay with us forever and endures the worst of pain.
The tone of the story is sad, worried, and threatening. Throughout the story the dogs life is in danger because the family throws harmful objects at him. It is sad because of the dog's death at the end of the story. "...wailful cry, a song of infinite lowliness and despair..."(Crane 4)
When the child first meets the dog he is standing on a street-corner. "A child was standing on a street-corner. He leaned with one shoulder against a broad-fence..."(Crane 1)
The story Usually takes place in an apartment building, on the fifth floor.
"The dark-brown body crashed in a heap on the roof of a shed five stories below. From thence it rolled to the pavement of an alleyway"(Crane 7)
"He dragged his captive into a hall and up many long stairways in a dark tenement." (Crane 2)
In the story there is one main conflict. Family vs. Dog. The family dislikes the dog, epically the father. The family throws objects and underfeeds the dog but the dog avoids the objects and gets fed by the child. In the end, The family ends up winning. The dog is thrown out the window by the father. "If the large folk kicked the dog and threw things at him..."(crane 3)

Another conflict is dog vs. child. The child and the dog would sometimes fight over control. "...child himself used to beat the dog,"(crane 4)

In the story the author talks about how every time the dog is in danger, he says a small prayer. In the end when the dad comes toward the dog he says a small prayer, which tells us something bad is about to happen. "he said a quick prayer..."(Crane 6)

"The child"- The child is a young boy. We don't know the name of him but we know that he is old enough to go to school. He shows forgiveness, kindness, and is an example for the dog to follow. The child goes from being careless to responsible. HE demonstrates this by going from having no responsibilities to having a dog to look after and take care of.

"The small brown dog"-The dog shows loyalty, humbleness, and intelligence. In the story he is loving and open at first. He seems to trust everyone around him, but he starts to lose trust when the family harms him. Later in the story he becomes skittish.
Figurative Language
"The scene of their companionship was a kingdom governed by this terrible
potentate, the child;" (Crane 4) This is a metaphor comparing the child to a terrible potentate.

"In appearance she was like a gagged prisoner."(crane 6) This is a simile comparing a lady gardening flowers watching the dog fall from the window to a gagged prisoner.


The story shows situational irony when the child first brings the dog into the family. You think that the dog will be well cared for and have a better life than he had on the streets. unfortunately it turns out that he is mistreated and killed.

The story also shows dramatic irony when the father comes home drunk and the dog is unaware of the situation and thinks it is just a game.
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