The Yearling Essay
In The Yearling, written by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the main character; a young boy named Jody Baxter is surrounded by challenges and events that are common in the 1800’s rural Florida. The high population of wildlife and low human population affect many aspects of this novel. The low human population of the rural setting affects the daily life of Jody. As a boy that’s twelve years old, he has no friends in the beginning of the novel. He does eventually make a friend named Fodder-wing who is his very distant neighbor. If we change the setting to suburban or urban, Jody may have many friends as human population is higher and more densely packed in urban and suburban setting. Even though Jody made friends with Fodder-wing, they barely see each other. When Fodder-wing was sick, Jody only knew about it and saw him only after he was dead. Jody’s father Penny Baxter was bitten by a rattlesnake as they were walking through a forest, Penny kills a doe that was nearby to save his own life. He uses the doe’s liver to stop the poison. If this was a different setting, Penny wouldn’t have been bitten by venomous snakes. If he had been bitten, he wouldn’t have killed or even found a doe nearby. Before Penny was bitten, Jody and Penny got had a fight with the Forresters, which were the closest neighbor they had. Right after Penny was bitten, Jody had to go get the Forresters for help, and they didn’t hold a grudge and agreed to help. In other settings, Jody could have gone to someone else for help or the Forresters might not have helped them. The Yearling itself is about Jody’s journey from a boy to a man, and the fawn of the doe that was killed played an important part in this story. Jody took the fawn in as a pet after its mother’s death and even let it sleep in his bed. This wouldn’t be able to happen in suburban or urban setting as there won’t be enough room or the fawn wouldn’t be allowed. If the time period was...
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