Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Themes

Bert V. Royal
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Death

One of the most prevalent themes in this play is death. The play begins with the funeral of CB's dog. The dog was put to sleep after contracting rabies, killing his best friend, a little yellow bird, and snapping at CB. This leads to CB's preoccupation with the afterlife. During the funeral, CB's sister reminds him of the next life, claiming they should pray to Hecate, the Wiccan goddess of death and reincarnation, to make the dog human so they can meet him and become friends. When CB asks his best friend, Van, what happens after death, Van explains that, as a Buddhist, he believes that the corporeal body is the source of all suffering and the goal is liberation from the body into nothingness or nirvana. When CB questions Matt's beliefs about the afterlife, Matt proposes that they return to a vagina that does not belong to...

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