Marley and Me Themes

John Grogan (journalist)
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Love and Devotion

Dogs have an amazing ability to exhibit an intense love and devotion for their families that is not mimicked by other animals - humans included. There is a pureness to the loyalty shown by dogs that humans are incapable of mirroring, due to their ability to think and judge. Dogs are happy to give their owners unconditional love and ask little in return except food and some play time each day.

Marley is the perfect picture of devotion; however, Marley's boisterous temperament often hides his fierce love for the Grogan's. Even John is skeptical that Marley would rise to the occasion and choose to protect the family over trying to get an intruder to play. Marley's loyalty is nonchalant. He does not make a grand show of his feelings for the Grogan's, but he is there when they need him the most. Marley has an internal...

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