Thursday, July 07, 2005

A Boy and His Dog. (Short Story)
by Harlan Ellison

After our discussion on Monday I started to think about the signifigance of the dog in the story, in regards to the socialization of the boy. The men/boys that walked the new society were driven in many ways my instinct. Such as the instinct for sex. Also many of the boys had dogs such as Blood. Blood was a source of education, socialization, friendship and in many ways a mentor to Vic. So when I think of the natural instincts of a dog which would include being sexually agressive (and not to mention not too picky) as well as being territorial in many aspects. So if I work on the notion that Blood would act as a normal dog then it would stand to reason that be would pass that attitude and instincts over Vic. When I think of it this way then I can fully understand how the society had evolved to what it had after the war. In fact it actually makes sense.
Maybe this thought was already discussed after the movie Wednesday but unfortunatly Seth has had the flu and Ii havn't been able to get to classes. Have a great weekend everyone.
Charlene

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Blogger Lucy said...

Animal instincts are evident in A Boy and His Dog but I think it's much more than that. The story and the film both raise a lot of questions. Would society revert to such animalistic behavior? Will we become as desensitized to violence as the characters in this story? What role would women play? What will a "family" look like?

Points to think about re Blood:
Can Blood be considered a "normal" dog? He has somehow mutated into a telepathic canine with a quick wit. Vic has been "trained" to do the fetching and Blood has turned into his task master. By the end of the film we know Blood doesn't object to eating humans so why, with so many bodies on the ground, does he keep insisting that he cannot find food for himself? Does he need Vic as much as Vic needs him? Is there a true bond between Blood and Vic? Is there room in this post-apocalyptic world for love and sentiment?

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