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The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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The Yearling

In The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the author describes the experiences in the backwoods of Florida in the late 1870s. In Florida, life

is simple, but survival is difficult. Here, Jody Baxter will create a tender relationship with his fawn. Fawn will give Jody a enjoyable childhood, but Jody will need to resolve his conflict between his need to raise the fawn, and his family’s need for survival.

Raising his pet fawn help mostly to Jody’s enjoyable childhood. Flag the fawn, was a great source of pleasure for Jody. The fawn bring Jody a comfortable feeling that he had never had before. Flag not only help Jody to have a enjoyable childhood, Flag also help to relive Jody of the dull lonely ache that had overtaken him so often. Flag from know on, will be Jody’s best friend and will help Jody to fill that void of loneliness he feel.

Survival in the backwoods of Florida is difficult and Jody must work with his parents for this purpose. Florida suffer of what it seems it was a hurricane. This hurricane left a lot of damages, many wild animals have died now, that hunting for food was impossible. Flag’s mischief is getting worse. He finds their pile of the sweer potatoes and trample and nibble them until most of them are ruined . Jody have to controled Flag and help his father wile he is sick. This will help Jody to increase his sense of responsability.

Jody’s sense of responsability helps him to deal with the fawn’s interference with his family’s survival. Flag has become a problem to the family. The fawn eat the crops of the family two times. Penny and Ory talk about the problem and decide that Jody has to shoot Flag. Jody can’t bring himself to shoot Flag, so he decide to take Flag to Jacksonville himself, but Flag run back home and eat the spouting crops. Ma Baxter shoot Flag. Jody was desconsolate



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