Watchers Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What was the epiphany Travis had while looking at the rattler?

Travis realized while aiming to kill the rattler, that its existence "was less pointless than his own." When looking to kill the rattler, he realized that it fills an "ecological niche" and probably took more pleasure in life than he had in a long time.

2. What did the dog that met up with Travis on the trail look like?

The golden retriever dog looked pure bred, male, and a little more than a year old. Aside from its description, the retriever had hair that was "damp, dirty, tangled, snarled, matted with burs" and broken bits of trees and leaves. It had dried blood on his right ear, and fresher blood was visible on his front paws, as though he had been running hard

3. How does Travis react to the unknown assailant?

Travis reacts with 'child-savage" fear that overcomes him and terrifies him to the depth of his being, although he never had reacted this way before. He found himself primitively reacting to "purely superstitious terror."

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