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Division

The societies described in "A Boy and His Dog" are marked by strong divisions. Above ground, there are solos, who do not belong to any roverpaks, but instead fend for themselves, often with the aid of a dog. The numerous roverpaks are similar to gangs. They are violent, unforgiving, and intolerant of being challenged. The cinema is referred to as "neutral ground," indicating the territorial nature of the rest of the surroundings.

Vic puts himself in danger with a roverpak by preventing them from getting Quilla June and then by killing several of them. This episode demonstrates the violent nature of the divisive world, and it is clear from Vic's narration that this type of clash is common. In fact, one of Blood's functions is to help warn Vic of approaching roverpaks so that he can stay out of their way.

The downunders represent another division of society...

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