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James Herriot's Cat Stories Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Animal stories have a universal appeal, but the traditional "hero" of such stories is the dog as the ideal human companion. Cats as literary objects are not as common, although in recent years, their popularity as pets has increased. How do cats are fictional protagonists compare with dogs?

What qualities are stressed in either animal? How do writers portray their respective relationships in regard to humans? What qualities do cats represent, and why? Are these qualities symbolic of changing attitudes and concerns in our society? Felines are traditionally seen as being more remote and independent. Is there any significance that these qualities seem to be so attractive to today's pet owner?

1. Both Herriot's dog and cat stories deal with man's favorite pets, but there is a marked difference in the relationships between his dogs and their masters and the cats and their owners.

How do the...

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