A Dog's Journey Themes & Motifs

W. Bruce Cameron
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Unconditional Love

The determination of the fictional characters of Buddy, Trent, and Hannah to always be there for CJ even though she does not always embrace, or know about, their love for her illustrates the existence of unconditional love and that it is something that both animals and humans can give. These fictional characters also show that different motivations may drive the givers of unconditional love. One source of motivation originates from their species. Another source of motivation depends on their relationship with the person they love.

The fictional character of Buddy demonstrates that providing unconditional love to humans is a dog’s purpose. When Buddy saves CJ, he does so out of his duty to show unconditional love to his deceased master, Ethan. Ethan is dead, so he cannot reward Buddy’s efforts. CJ shows Buddy affection after he saves her, but he does not see...

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