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Dogsong Book Report

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Bogdan Kustro

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Dogsong
By: Bogdan Kustro Protagonist-The protagonist is Russel Susskit, he is also the main character of the story. "He is a 14 year old teenager with long black hair and also an Eskimo" Antagonist-
The anagonist is nature because Russel faces anenemy which is the weather and animals. Like when Russel fought the bear because he was an enemy for the bear and so Russel had to kill him for food. Minor characters-
Russel's father
The village people Exposition-
Time: NA, Winter
Place: In the North
Effect setting has on plot:
The setting is important because Eskimos live in places where its cold. The story would be different because it would have been an easy journey for Russel if there wasn't any snow and game would be easier to hunt. Tone-
The tone of this story is happy
Mood-
The mood of this story is fearful and exciting "Russel took the lance and stood away from the sled and let the dogs go. They went for the bear in a pummeling scream, and with the same sharp movement the bear lowered on all fours and came for Russel". Point of View-
Type: Third person
Effect: This type of narration has an impact on the story because we see what Russel does and how he hunts. The story would have been different if it were in first person because we would know what Russel would be thinking about and his planning. "The man was him: Russel, with more hair, longer hair, and a small beard with a mustache". Figurative Language-
Type: Metaphor
Cited example: "The sea lashed out in anger at the ice, unwilling to tolerate another battle".
Type: Personification
Cited example: "The sky misses the sun at night".
Type: Idiom
Cited example: "The poorest man is the richest, and the richest man are poor". Flashback-
When Russel saw the dogs at Oogruk's house and they would growl at him and now they are one with him. "They go, I go, we go. They are me". (177) Foreshadowing-
When Russel saw in the dream about himself hunting a wooly mammoth and thought of it as being like the bear. later in the story he killed the bear and remembered what the meat looked like in the dream which was a wooly mammoth's was actually the bear's. Symbolism-
The dogs symbolized Russel in the story because they had instincts on where to run because they could feel where Russel wanted to go and so they had to be strong, smart, and fast so they would be like him. "They ran his mind, out and out before him". Imagery-
"The dogs were curled in small balls covered in snow except for a small blowhole to breathe through and each hole had a tiny bit of steam puffing up as the dogs exhaled". "Out, into the distance where all the lines end and all lines begin. Into the white line of the ice-blink where the mother of wind lives to send down the white death of the northern storms". "They went from red, green and back again, dancing across the sky in great pulses of joy". 3 Rising actions-
1: Russel goes to Oogruk's house to give him food.
2: Oogruk tells Russel a story about the old times and the songs of everything.
3: Oogruk tells Russel to into the wilderness and find his own song. Climax-
When Russel is in the wilderness with only him and the dogs. While he dreams about his future he doesn't know what to do but the he realizes he has the trust of the. I know this is the climax because Russel realizes that he has nothing else but the dogs to trust into. Falling action-
Russel finds a pregnant women named Nancy and saves her from the cold. He hunts for food so they can both survive. Resolution-
Russel and Nancy find their way back to Russel's village. Russel becomes one with the dogs and has his own dogsong. He finds his purpose in life. Internal Conflict-
Cited example: "That's when Russel awakened in his own tent and knew that there was not a line any longer between the dream and the run".
Analysis: Russel is having problems and fears about his dreams and sometime while he is dreaming about his future the dreams don't make any sense to he thinks about everything Oogruk has told him External Conflict-
Cited example: The third and fourth days without food there was a problem, the dogs grew weak but still ran".
Analysis: Russel is having trouble surviving at one point because there was no food left and no game anywhere and the dogs were getting weaker like Russel and Nancy. Theme-
Sometimes you need to trust people and animals and to be a little more open- minded and lose your your stubbornness. It relates to your everyday life because we all have friends and friends need to trust each other and not be so stubborn. Personal Reflection-
I personally really enjoyed this narrative because it taught me a number of things. Like trust and stubbornness just like how Russel was stubborn with the dogs in the beginning and at the end he learned to trust them and they learned to trust him. There was a lot of imagery in the book and showed how a great journey was accomplished by a 14-year-old boy and his team of dogs to learn the old ways of hunting and to find his own dogsong. "At the end the dogs were everything he wanted them to be and drove them out, out with his mind". (170) "Out before me they go, out before me they curve in the long line out before me they go, I go, we go, they are me". (177) The author held my interest by using imagery and figurative language. The audience that would enjoy this novel are people who like survival-adventure genre.
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