Where the Red Fern Grows Themes

This Study Guide consists of approximately 77 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Where the Red Fern Grows.
This section contains 2,058 words
(approx. 6 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Where the Red Fern Grows Study Guide

Reliance on a Higher Authority

A religious theme is overt in this novel. At the end of the story, the young boy who has achieved the dawning of manhood has also found his faith in God. As a little boy of ten, Billy prays to God for the hounds he so dearly desires. When he gets the dogs, though, he neglects to say thank you to God. Billy often talks to his mother about God and faith, and she encourages him to trust in the Lord. Her own actions reveal a firm faith, when Billy brings home the prize money she says that God has answered her prayers. Later that night Billy sees her kneel in prayer in front of the dog house. She certainly provides a model of religious faith.

Billy must develop his faith and his relationship with God on his own, however. At first he sees...

(read more)

This section contains 2,058 words
(approx. 6 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Where the Red Fern Grows Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Where the Red Fern Grows from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.