The Yearling Setting & Symbolism

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The Yearling, "Flag"

Jody's pet, the fawn who grows to be a yearling, parallels Jody's own development. Flag is the object of Jody's childish affection and must be slain to allow Jody to put childhood behind him.

The Bear, "Old Slewfoot"

This mighty, 500-pound brute, named "Slewfoot" because he lost a front toe in a trap, represents the persistent and superior forces of nature. He is able to torment the families in the area for many years, and only Penny's calm, analytical hunt, coupled with a deadly weapon, can bring him down. Slewfoot also embodies the dangers of the wild as Jody has come to know them.

The Sink Hole

The family's source of water for all purposes, including drinking, cooking, washing and hydrating the animals, this limestone pond appeared spontaneously even before Penny's recollection. It is situated in the center of the Baxter clearing and is referred...

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