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There Is No Dog

There Is No Dog


by Meg Rosoff

Analysis: Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

Christopher Booker is a scholar who wrote that every story falls into one of seven basic plot structures: Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, the Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy, and Rebirth. Shmoop explores which of these structures fits this story like Cinderella’s slipper.

Plot Type : Comedy

Initial Confusion

There is a lot of confusion going on here. Bob thinks that he is in love with Lucy, even though she is a mortal and he's just horny. Mr. B has no idea what he's supposed to be doing, really, or how he's going to get out of this dead end job. Eck thinks he is worthless. Mona doesn't get her role as a mom, and Estelle realizes that her life has had no purpose. Whew. Hope things get cleared up soon.

The Confusion Worsens

Not yet: thing don't get better, only worse as the whole Bob + Lucy love affair continues and everyone else's lives get thrown into disarray. Sure, it might start off as just a little bit of rain, but soon Bob's emotional whirlwind turns into literal whirlwinds, as the weather goes haywire during his courtship of Lucy. She gets more and more confused about who Bob is. Mr. B's resignation makes him even more confused about his feelings for the Earth. Estelle travels to figure out her purpose, and Eck is even sadder about his state of affairs. This is terrible!

Everything Comes to Light

When Bob and Lucy split up, everyone else seems to realize their true roles and relationships at the exact same time. Let's check out the revelations:

(1) Lucy realizes she's been dating God, and breaks up with him stat.
(2) Bob realizes that he and Lucy can't actually be together forever.
(3) Mr. B realizes that he's the real God around these parts.
(4) Mr. Emoto Hed realizes that he'd just as well take Mona as Eck.
(5) Estelle realizes that her purpose is to be there for Eck and Earth and maybe even Mr. B.

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