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There Is No Dog

There Is No Dog

by Meg Rosoff

Suffering Theme

Most people don't want to suffer, but we live in a world full of suffering. Some people ride in fancy cars while other people die of thirst; some people let their vegetables rot in their crisper (not that we've ever done that …), while other people die of hunger. It's a hard, unfair, cruel world. And There Is No Dog suggests that it was designed that way. While most of the characters are concerned with trying to figure out how to make a little less suffering in the world, Bob/God says inequality makes Earth beautiful. Who's right here? We think we can appreciate our ice cream without having to suck on a lemon first, but … what do we know? We're not God.

Questions About Suffering

  1. How does There Is No Dog answer the question of why suffering exists? Are you satisfied with that answer?
  2. Are there moments in this novel when suffering appears to be good? Who benefit from suffering?
  3. Who suffers in this novel? Why? Is it just or unjust?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

There Is No Dog suggests that suffering is a necessary and beautiful part of human life.

In the world of There Is No Dog, it is impossible to end suffering. Suffering is just something for humans to accept.

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