Heart of a Dog Themes

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The theme of creation is followed throughout the story. From the very beginning, Philip Philippovich Preobrezhensky is portrayed as one who gives life. He rescues the tired, hungry, and injured Sharik from the streets and creates a new life for him in his apartment. Later, he takes Sharik and creates a new life once again when he implants Klim's pituitary gland and seminal vesicles in the dog. He has the knowledge and the will to create a new life, but he doesn't have the wisdom not to. Only after the experiment goes terribly awry does Philippovich realize that there is no need for him to want to create a life because the human race takes care of itself. He realizes that it doesn't take a learned scientist to create human life; any peasant woman can create a baby, and many of these peasant-bred humans have become the geniuses...

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