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Unformatted text preview: Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF 29 March 2011 Chapters 1-6 The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin Jr. is unique in its plotline and character development. The novel presents farm animals that communicate with human speech. The society of animals is based upon a medieval feudal system, with an apparent Christian overtone. It is stated that the tale is set in a time when, “…the earth was still fixed in the absolute center of the universe…And the sun still traveled around the moored earth,” (22). Wangerin writes that the animals were “the watchers,” instated by God to protect innocent life from Wrym, an evil serpant confined in earth’s center. Chauntacleer the Rooster, keeper of the Coop, exists as an early hero. However, Chauntacleer emerges as less than laudable and courageous. Chauntacleer is arrogant, vain, short-tempered. Yet, Chauntacleer is an impressive ruler, as his subjects address him as “Lord.” The day literally revolves around Chauntacleer’s “canonical crows,” which signal specific time...
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2011 for the course ENG 112 taught by Professor Savoie during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.
- Spring '08