The Dog Aesop Analysis

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Themes in literature, can whether modern or contemporary is a commonly used in pieces that are traditional, contemporary, a modern. Two pieces of literature “The Puppy” by Solzhenitsyn and Aesop's fable “The Dog and the Wolf”, the reader realizes that one of the pieces is modern and one is traditional. The use of this methodology is in Aesop’s fable, "The Dog and The Wolf" and Solzhenitsyn’s short story, “The Puppy”. setting and time frames is evaluated when reading through the author’s intentional written setting. Different frames of setting reference exist in the compared unique pieces how the thematic meanings and conveyed messages are similar. Another way time and life experiences can influence literature is through the author’s…show more content…
“In our backyard, a boy keeps his dog,chained up, a ball of fluff shackled since he was a puppy” (Solzhenitsyn). “One cold and snowy winter the wolf couldn't find enough to eat. She was almost dead with hunger when a house dog happened by” (Aesop). Solzhenitsyn sets the story out with a dog chained up and helpless while Aesop makes the wolf starved but free. Solzhenitsyn looks at Aesop's traditional writing for an idea of a character, but makes the details about the character different by adding a modern twist. Better to starve and be free than to be a well-fed slave”(Aesop). Being free has a price and sometimes it requires giving up things and one thing is food supplied by the master. “He ran towards me, his coat all shaggy, jumped up at me, and sniffed the bones... I don’t need your bones, he said. Just give me my freedom” (Solzhenitsyn). The dog is saying, I don't want a bone, I would prefer freedom! Thus, the dog conveyed with the possibility of death to get an ounce of liberty. Which is a modern take on Aesop's traditional story “The dog and the wolf” but Solzhenitsyn had a different start and made the animals have different choices. Furthermore, Aesop story was a traditional and unique version of Solzhenitsyn's, who put a modern twist on it. Thus, the writer Solzhenitsyn drew the theme ‘freedom over anything’, to write “The puppy”, from Aesop's story “The Dog and the Wolf” theme of freedom over anything, but weaved through a versatile up to date plot and skeptical characters. The modern piece of literature is “The Puppy” and it draws from the traditional story “The Dog and the Wolf” by how it has the same theme, both use the same kind of dog and has someone trying to take away their
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