The Baddest Dog in Harlem - Analytical Essay

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The Baddest Dog in Harlem Guns, violence and ghettoization are all subjects which inflicts the environment in the large neighborhood Harlem in the northern section of New York City. The story “The Baddest Dog in Harlem” is focusing on the tough situation in this part of the USA. The story about a realistic but harsh scenario in this neighborhood enlightens the truth about the underground environment in a, what seems to be a rich country to the rest of the World. The story begins with a group of young black people in the neighborhood of Harlem, sitting and talking about who the greatest fighter of all time is. It looks like a normal day. The young guys are quickly accompanied with a cop, and suddenly the area close to the guys has become a crime scene. More cops arrive and the case the cops were working on shows to involve a crazy person shooting with an automatic weapon. The story then starts to take action and the policemen rushes into the nearby apartments followed by a lot of shooting. In the terrifying affair the cops accidently shot a dog, and later on a little boy. The opening in the story begins in medias res. This is combined with a 1st person omniscient narrator which makes you feel like you are part of the story right away. This is done to give the reader the full experience of the streets in Harlem. In the story we follow the narrator who is also the main character and a black young boy. The color of his skin is based on what Mary says when the cop wants to take her with him. She wants to get followed by another black person, which makes the cops take the narrator with them. Harlem is also known to be a ghetto formed by many African Americans, which makes it quite possible for people living there to be black. The main character also refers to a black cop as a brother, which based on the language only would have been said by another black person.

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