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Dog In Lawrence Ferlinghettis poem Dog the dog symbolizes an ordinary man going on about his life In the first section Lawrence establishes what the things are that the dog sees in comparison to himself The next section deals with how the dog thinks and feels Finally the last section reveals what the dog does Mr Ferlinghetti shows us how a normal mans life is similar to a dogs by revealing what the dog sees He tells us the things he sees are bigger than himself and the things he sees are his reality Lines 3-6 and the things he sees are smaller than himselfLines 10-11 In these lines Lawrence uses the repetition of the things he sees to emphasize to us that man faces major challenges and minor challenges that are all a part of our lives Lawrence also repeats The dog trots freely in the street in this section and throughout the poem to tell us that we are free and can control our own destinys We are shown in this section how exciting life is through the use of colourful imagery and explosive alliteration Some examples are Drunks in doorwaysLine7 and Chickens in Chinatown windows Line 14 This section contrasts humans with dogs in the ways in which they think and feel He doesnt hate cops he merely has no use for them and he goes past them Lines 23 -25 This tells us that if we have no use for something we look at it with indifference ignore it and go on with our lives He would rather eat a tender cow than a tough policemanLines28-29 explains to us that we like to take the easy way out of things by dealing with the simple problems and turning our backs on the difficult problems We see that a man by himself is scared of a group of men but not of one
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