An analysis of the story where the red fern grows

Table of Contents Summary Billy lives on a farm.

An analysis of the story where the red fern grows

His parents try to comfort him by telling him that all the money he made hunting is going to pay for them all to move to town and get educated. They are willing to bet two dollars his dogs can't tree the "ghost coon". Before the hunt, Little Ann wins a silver cup for first place in a beauty contest. Billy is heartbroken, but Little Ann is so sad that she loses her will to live, and dies a few days later. The night Billy and the dogs hunt in the preliminary round they kill three coons, which qualifies them for the runoff. He is astonished at what he sees. The men eventually find the half-frozen dogs circling a treed coon. Billy and his family look at the fern in awe, and he feels ready to leave for the town. Billy finally feels at peace with the death of his dogs. Billy immediately sees that it will take days to cut down. Eventually, the dogs defeat the mountain lion, but Old Dan is badly wounded.

The Pritchard's mean dog enters the area, and starts a fight with Billy's dogs. A beautiful red fern had sprung up in between their mounds.

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On moving day Billy returns to his dogs' graves and sees a red fern is growing between the two graves. The next day he begins to train Old Dan and Little Ann.

So, he earns the money himself. Once home, he wants to begin training them. Everyone at the tournament cheers. Eventually, the dogs defeat the mountain lion, but Old Dan is badly wounded.

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Old Dan howls defiantly, and the big cat attacks. Hunting hounds are too expensive and Papa has a farm to take care of, as well as Mama, Billy, and Billy's three sisters. One day, the cruel, trouble-making Pritchard boys bet Billy that his dogs, whose reputations grow with each new coonskin, cannot "tree" chase up a tree, at which point the hunter usually chops down the tree the elusive "ghost coon" in their neck of the woods. His grandfather shows him a way to set a trap that will catch even a clever coon. According to Indian legend, only an angel can plant a red fern. He can see that Old Dan is very brave, and that Little Ann is very smart. Their efforts prove victorious as they win the coveted gold cup in the annual coon-hunt contest, capture wily ghost coons and bravely fight a mountain lion. As the legend goes, only an angel can plant the seeds of a red fern, which never dies and makes the spot sacred. Billy quickly learns that he has two great hunting hounds.

Billy barely rescues her. The mean Pritchard boys want Billy to pay up now, but Billy gives his dogs a little longer to find their quarry.

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As the legend goes, only an angel can plant the seeds of a red fern, which never dies and makes the spot sacred. Little Ann is able to recover from her injuries, but Old Dan dies from his. Billy explains he can't come home because he has a promise to keep. Old Dan barks at a lion walking outside near the cave and Billy senses that Old Dan is going to be a tough and determined dog. Most good stories start with a fundamental list of ingredients: the initial situation, conflict, complication, climax, suspense, denouement, and conclusion. Finally he goes to Ruben's grave with some flowers, then feels much better. He can see that Old Dan is very brave, and that Little Ann is very smart. His grandfather shows him how to make a scarecrow, to keep the coon in the tree so he can go home and eat dinner. More than that, the dogs seem bonded to each other, and to Billy, in mysterious ways. On moving day Billy returns to his dogs' graves and sees a red fern is growing between the two graves. Summaries 2 Summaries Where the Red Fern Grows is the heartwarming and adventurous tale for all ages about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs.
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Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls