Where the Red Fern Grows Setting & Symbolism

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The Abandoned Campsite

The campsite is a special place across the river where Billy finds what he needs, including the magazine ad offering hunting hounds, fishermen to buy his bait, the sycamore log on which he prays, and the names for his beloved dogs

Raccoons

Raccoons are the prey in this story. They provide the challenge to the hunter and his dogs. The only animal actively hunted in the novel is the widely respected, crafty raccoon.

The "Ghost Coon"

The Ghost Coon is a huge, elusive raccoon that lures Billy to the killing site where Rubin dies and Old Blue nearly dies. He has evaded hunters for years. When Billy traps him, he is unable to kill him. This raccoon is the cause of death and destruction but not responsible for it.

Grandpa's Store

Billy's grandfather owns the local general store and mill. It is a gathering place...

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