Where the red fern grows

By: Wilson Rawls

Point of View

This story is in first person point of view because it tells the story from the "I" perspective. Here is a few examples: "I don't want any old collie dog I want a coon dog." Billy said.

"I don't want to catch Samie, but he sure is the craziest cat i'v ever seen." Billy replied


The theme of the story is if you work hard good things will happen. A example from the story is Billy works so hard for his dogs and in the end all of the hard work paid off. He got something good in his return.
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Figurative language

Simile: My Straw colored hair was brushed out like a corn tussle. It is important to the story because it builds characterization.

Metaphor: The land was rich, black, and fertile, and papa said "it would grow hair on a crosscut." This is important to the story because it gives a feel on what the setting looks like.

Personification: Deep in the heart of the Sparrow Hawk mountains, night overtook me. That is important to the story because it adds a different feel to the story.


The author includes many characterization points in story. For example: "Billy is just so caring for those dogs." I overheard my mom and dad talking about me. That is telling what other characters say about Billy. This is what Billy says he looks like: " I have strange straw colored hair, and it is long and shaggy. I have a strong build, and I love dogs." In the story there is no real character comments on Billy because Billy is telling the story.

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Here are some of the important dialogue in the book: "How long have you been saving this?" he asked.

"A long time, Grandpa," I said.

"How long?" he asked.

I told him, "Two years."

His mouth flew open and in a loud voice he said, "Two years!"

I nodded my head.

That part of the story is when Billy asks his Grandfather to order the pups.

Here is another important dialogue part of the book: "Billy, I'm sorry about all this. Truly sorry. I can't help but feel that in a way it was my fault."

"No, Grandpa," I said, "it wasn't your fault. It wasn't anyone's fault. It just happened and no one could help it."

"I know," he said, "but if I hadn't called Rubin's bet, nothing would have happened. I guess when a man gets old he doesn't think straight. I shouldn't have let those boys get under my skin."