The standard behavior in a dog world would have the dominant over power the weakest of a pack. This hierarchy that is formed throughout the pack is unclear due to not knowing where each dog stands which is an annoyance to Atticus. Atticus, the dominant over the rest of the dogs, does not appreciate Prince and his poetry skills which lead Atticus and the rest of the pack not knowing where he lies within their group. Prince is difficult to place in the hierarchy of the dogs and as a result, he is seen as a threat to Atticus and his troop.
A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. The book is an apologue with a fable-like narrative focused on animals and morality. It is the second of five planned novels exploring love, faith, place, power, and hatred. Fifteen Dogs was the Canada Reads selection. In a Toronto pub, Greek gods Apollo and Hermes debate the merits of humans and their capacity for symbolic language. Apollo, who values neither, bets Hermes that animals given human intelligence will be unhappier than humans. Hermes accepts, on the condition that if even one dog is happy at the end of his or her life, Hermes wins.
It is hard to know if the possession of language is a gift or a curse to the human race. Fifteen Dogs is a story about a group of dogs that are given the ability of human language and thought. Two gods, Hermes and Apollo, have a bet to see whether the ability of language creates a better or worse world for the dogs. Initially, the dogs escape from the shelter and begin their new lives, but they soon realize how different a life with language will be. Throughout the novel, Alexis demonstrates that the use of language creates a sense of loneliness and isolation.
This page is available to subscribers. Click here to sign in or get access. Arguing over what sets humans apart from other animals, the gods settle by granting fifteen dogs the presumed gift of human intelligence.