“The giraffe, frightened, withdrew to the front of the church, placing its head right next to that of Jesus” (Senesi 30). The giraffe’s action of going towards Jesus illustrates a human characteristic because humans usually feel safe when around Jesus. Similarly, the giraffe stood beside Jesus because that’s where it felt safe. Also the giraffe sobs when it passes away, which is another example of a human characteristic given to the giraffe. “Its neck alone remained erect for an instant, before flowing to the ground with a long desperate sob” (Senesi 30). Humans usually sob when in pain, thus it is another human characteristic given to the giraffe.
In all honesty “The Giraffe” illustrates various human characteristics of the giraffe; however the humans in the story are not really welcoming although the giraffe shares similar characteristics. The townspeople dislike the giraffe which evidently depicts their self-obsessed behaviour. The author is able to successfully illustrate the self-obsessed behaviour of humans by using a giraffe, a harmless animal that would never hurt anyone. Thus, Senesi was successful as the giraffe is an innocent character compared to the humans because