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Discuss the effects and narrative functions of Sharik's opening monologues. How do these monologues help to develop theme and character?

This question compels the reader to consider Sharik's opening monologues not simply as an introduction to the dog as a character but also as an introduction to the overall themes and tone of the novel. At the beginning of the story, Sharik is in a desperate situation, and his emotional richness as a character is demonstrated through his mixture of woe and determination. These monologues establish Sharik's internal dignity and complexity while also priming the narrative for the imminent connection between Sharik and Philip.

What are the initial components and factors of Sharik and Philip's relationship? How do they initial relate towards and behave towards one another?

This question urges the reader to develop a personal understanding of Sharik and Philip's initial relationship so as to compare...

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