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Works of fiction provide a new outlook on life without the constraints of society's expectations. Fiction provides the opportunity to explore relationship boundaries in a safe way that society might deem as improper or wrong. One way that fiction shows us this is the symbolism between the relation of humans and dogs, especially the similarities and how they can reflect one another. Using this as a basis, reflection upon real-life relationships can happen as well as viewing how they are discussed through fictional means.

Relationships are not simply how two beings interact with one another, rather it is also about how they represent and reflect on another. In this research, there will be a focus on several works of fiction that explore the relationship between humans and dogs. In particular, focusing on books where the dog is not the main character. Some of these works include Seeking Persephone, Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban and Order of the Phoenix, and Percy Jackson: Battle of the Labyrinth and Last Olympian. These works of literature will show how relationships in fiction reflect relationships in society along with the development of a deeper understanding of the general human-dog relationship.


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Characters and Dogs: Relationships Between Dogs and Humans in Fictional Literature

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