Love in Infant Monkeys Themes & Motifs

Lydia Millet
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Animal Abuse

The author brings the reader's attention to animal abuse in several short stories compiled in Love in Infant Monkeys, portraying the idea that it is immoral and worthy of much more consideration than it sometimes gets. The reader sees Madonna's struggle with the realization that she killed a harmless creature for sport in Chapter 1: Sexing the Pheasant. In the dog walker's opinion in Chapter 2: Sir Henry, many of his clients neglected their dogs by not making time for them. In Chapter 4: Thomas Edison and Vasil Golakov, a filmed image of an executed elephant torments Edison. Harlow in Chapter 6: Love in Infant Monkeys is also haunted by images of animals in his nightmares.

While these stories all show examples of animal abuse or neglect, they also show the reader that humans use animals for their own purposes, often without considering the animal's needs. The story that...

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