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More likely the cat was just unlucky l 1-2 In this narrative poem Curiosity by Alastair Reid he gives a dissertation on cats and dogs Cats are adventurous and dogs do not take chances Reid uses symbols Have you ever heard the saying curiosity killed the cat l 1 and allegory to disclose the theme that life can be more fulfilling if one opens the door to new and different prospects In Curiosity Reid describes the lives of cats and dogs as though they are everyday people Cats being the inquisitive ones are willing to lead a life of risk-taking without weighing the consequences Dogs say cats love too much are irresponsible are changeable marry too many wives desert their children chill all dinner tables with tales of their nine lives ll 27-30 Cats feel like the dogs live boring lives but the speaker believes that the cats are just curious to see what death was like having no cause to go on licking paws or fathering litter on litter of kittens predictably ll 2-5 The dogs the other symbol used for people are the ones afraid to break the monotony of their everyday lives consisting of doggy circles where well-smelt baskets suitable wives good lunches are the order of things and where prevails much wagging of incurious heads and tails ll 11-14 They refuse to take chances because of possible detrimental outcomes that could alter their lives Nevertheless to be curious is dangerous enough ll 6-7 Reid uses the poetic device allegory to convey a moral to the readers of this poem He emphasizes the principles of the cats to demonstrate that people should not conform to a simple life just because they may not have control of the end results That dying is what the living do that dying is what the loving do and that dead dogs are those who do not know that dying is
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