Analysis Of The Book ' My Kid 's Dog ' By Ron Hansen

917 Words Feb 21st, 2016 4 Pages
Characters are a vital element of fiction; without them, a story falls apart because the readers are forced to only focus on its plot, setting, or other aspects of fiction. Characterization is the process in which the author describes the distinctive nature or features of a particular character. A character is often characterized by their own dialogue, actions, thoughts, appearance, and interpretation by the author or by other characters in the story. Through these methods, an author can really bring their characters to life for the reader. In “My Kid’s Dog,” Ron Hansen uses these methods to bring all his characters to life. He portrays the strained relationship an owner has with his ‘daughter’s’ pet dog, and the difficulties overcoming his hardships. Through methods of characterization, Hansen unveils the friction between the dad and the dog and allows the reader to empathize with them, incorporating humor throughout the story, as well.
From the very first sentence, we are exposed to the narrator’s – the “dad” – intense and very apparent hatred of his dog. In fact, he hates the dog so much that he doesn’t even claim him as his own, evident by the title and the first line, “my kid’s dog died” (Hansen 14). Throughout the story, the father comes across as manic and annoyed, though he often presents himself as intelligent and logical by using intricate language complemented by big words that aren’t normal in everyday use. The dad claims that “the feeling was mutual” (Hansen…
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