I’m A Mad Dog Biting Myself for Sympathy
This story starts out with a boy who doesn’t really know everything about himself and wonders what it would be like if he got caught stealing a large stuffed toucan from a local store. After stealing the toucan, he steals a car not knowing that there is a baby in the back seat, he then gets chased by a police office. He also abandons the baby in the back seat of the car during the middle of winter.
The author tends to use many metaphors throughout the story that really make you use your imagination while reading.
There were many different animal metaphors that were portrayed through the story. “It’s face is tiny and dark, almost reddish or copper, and its fingers, splayed out against its cheek, are the feet of a sparrow.” The author is describing the baby and comparing it to a sparrow.
“Immediately, just like in a cartoon, like Dumbo flying and realizes that he isn’t supposed to be up in the air.” This is the part when he slid off the road, panicked and ended up getting stuck in the open field.
When the mother of the baby jumps onto the car to try a get the attention of the boy because her baby was in the back seat, she eventually flew off the car. “As I turn the corner and the woman rolls over and over like a seal in water.”
Along with the many metaphors that were used the language,action and tone of the story seem to bring out the metaphors a little more. “I see the faces of the clump people.” At one part of the story the woman that was on the car also seems to be described as a bowling ball and the crowd of people that were near by are the pins. “Then she flies off the trunk and bowl’s them before in her rush.”
During the middle of the story the boy has no regard for anything that he does, he seems to do whatever he wants and doesn’t care about the outcome. Leaving the baby abandoned in the car during the cold winter not sure who would come along, or even if the baby would survive. The boy is very...