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chp. 23-28 BDC - Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF 12 April 2011...

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Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF 12 April 2011 Chapters 23-28 The final segment of The Book of the Dun Cow proved to be spellbinding, compelling, and extremely well written. Throughout the course of the novel, the audience has always understood Chauntecleer’s struggles. In this portion, a fraction of Pertelote’s emotions are presented. Wangerin plays with the metaphor of black darkness and white light to illustrate Pertelote’s hardships. As Pertelote struggles to follow Chauntecleer into obscurity, Pertelote describes, “…there was the dim, smiling light above the river, white, shapeless, smooth, and soft. That was the only something in all the world around her. All the rest was chasm. All the rest was pit- horrible, hopeless blackness!” (196). Chauntecleer is not the only Coop inhabitant that feels utterly lonely. Pertelote is also strained by the attempts of Wyrm and Cockatrice. However, her description of her surroundings implies that although Pertelote is surrounded by darkness, there is light on the horizon. Pertelote still has good faith that the good will prevail.
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