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Learning Joy From Dogs Without Colars Analysis

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Many authors achieve to present their main purpose of writing a story by introducing different points of view. They may do this to envelop feelings and tone, or just to present the point more strongly than just by visually stating the events of a story. Anna Quindlin’s “Homeless” and Lauralee Summer’s “Learning Joy from Dogs without Collars” both express what it’s like to have a home, but “Homeless” expresses how a home affects an adult life; “Learning Joy from Dogs without Collars” portrays what a home would mean to Summer when she was a young girl, which is what Summer wanted to signify: a home is a necessity that should be a firm amendment of a childhood; Quindlin wanted to institute that every “homeless” person is just like everybody else, minus a house. In “Homeless”, Anna Quinlin uses third-person omniscient because it helps to identify the emotions and the feelings of Ann. Had the story been told all in first-person, it wouldn’t have a stronger impact on the reader about what Ann looked like to Quindlin. For example, if Quindlin referred to a time where Anna stated she was fine, the reader wouldn’t get the fact that Ann was not fine. Instead, Quindlin wanted to input a sense of sympathy for…show more content…
The sense of using “I” in a story helps to contribute to the feelings of the story, whether it be happy or bad times. When Summer talks about moving from shelter to shelter, her feelings of sadness and uncertainty portray her as depressed about not having an actual home, where life could actually happen. Instead, it’s just a constant stream of shelters, and tons of new people all the time. The point-of-view relates to Summer’s purpose because she didn’t have a home where she “grew up”. She was constantly moving from one place to another, and never had that one place with the memories that she was fond
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