Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

The Rabid Dog

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

A symbol of a hate so vicious that it stops at nothing to lash at another living being. It is blind to who it hurts. For Hurston, the concept of hate is so frightening and so unnatural that not even a savage animal is enough to convey it; this creature must be twisted in some vital way. In this case, the dog is afflicted with rabies.

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