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John D MacDonalds short story End of the Tiger tells the tale of how a goose affected the life of one family The author describes Gretchen the goose in the story in a positive way By using various methods of characterization John D MacDonald is able to portray Gretchen as an innocent and friendly character Gretchens positive qualities are emphasized through her physical appearance her actions and through what other characters say about her Firstly through his physical description of Gretchen the author is able to depict her as an innocent character who is incapable of causing harm He talks of Gretchen as being blazing white- a colour that often symbolizes purity and guiltlessness Many times it is associated with angels and other celestial beings which are known for their virtuosity and impeccable morality In addition these individuals are usually dressed in white clothing and have a pale complexion By creating a link between Gretchen and such beings the author is able to indirectly show the gooses innocence In addition by describing the colour as being blazing John D MacDonald wishes to show the intensity of Gretchens kindness Through such subtle physical descriptions of Gretchen the author is able to show her as being a pleasant character John D MacDonald further portrays Gretchen in a positive manner when as another method of characterization he makes her actions seem human and almost child-like thus symbolizing the innocence of a young child At one point in the story the goose exhibits her fondness for humans especially the youngsters in the family when she poddles along behind them as they walk through the yard She also preens Christines hair never tugging or hurting and making little chortling sounds in her throat The preening of Christines hair may remind some readers of a common act in family life when a mother or a sibling combs the hair of a loved one Through Gretchens actions the reader is able
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