“The fame of my dogs spread all over our parts of the Ozarks. They were the best in the country” (Rawls 131). This is a quote from the book Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Where the Red Fern Grows is a book about a boy, Billy, and his two coon hunting dogs. The three of them have many adventures, and many of these adventures demonstrate the theme that change is inevitable.
Firstly, the part of the book when Billy got into a fight with the kids in the town is a great example of the theme change is inevitable. This part of the book demonstrates the theme that change is inevitable because Billy didn’t have a choice whether or not to fight. The town kids started teasing him first; he was bedraggled, dirty, and messy. Since he stuck
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Another inevitable happening during the storm on the championship coon hunt was Billy temporarily losing his dogs and Grandpa spraining his ankle. . “Looking up at the sky, Papa said, ‘That doesn’t look good up there. I think we are in for a storm’” (Rawls 206). The storm represents change is inevitable again because it was unavoidable if Billy wanted his dogs to be safe. Billy managed to convince everyone that his dogs were just ahead, but this led to disaster because Grandpa tripped and fell. Little Ann, however, found Billy and led him to Old Dan and then grandpa. Grandpa falling and spraining his ankle was also another inevitable change. Billy was too determined to find his dogs and was walking so fast that Grandpa couldn’t keep up. Also, Grandpa couldn’t see too well because of the vortex of wind and water, and tripped in his hurry to catch up with Billy. Lastly, when Billy’s dogs died, Billy was heartbroken. This change was also inevitable because Old Dan had to give his life to save Billy from the mountain lion that fought with “teeth and claws”. When Old Dan died, Billy was dragged down into a tunnel of sorrow. To make matters worse, Little Ann wouldn’t respond to him now that she had lost her sole purpose in life: Old Dan. “Billy, it’s no use. The life has gone out of her” (Rawls 247), shows the realization of the unchangeable fact that Little Ann was also going to die soon. Billy’s dogs were very close to him the whole time and made it