Old Yeller Essay

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Old Yeller





OLD YELLER
This was one of my favorite books during my childhood days. The book is a classic, and
Disney later made it into a motion picture. the story’’s climax develops quickly by telling stories
and adventures of a boy named Travis and his old stray yellow dog named Yeller.At the
introduction of the book Travis is plowing corn in the garden when an old yellow darts bye
and causes the mule to jump. He chases the dog out of the garden and curses at him. Then a
few days later the stray dog ate some of the deer meat that was very important for the
family’’s survival. Travis was very angered and threatened to kill the
mischievious yellow dog, but his younger brother, Arliss, would not allow this.

There are many more adventures that the book tells of Old Yeller throughout the story
and I am going to put a heavy emphasis on the three that I enjoyed the most. First of all Travis
and his brother Arliss were out in the forest with their mother and were cutting wood. This was
going to be used to mend a fence that had broke in the yard. While Arliss was off on his own
exploring that day he ran across a small bear cub and began to play with it. Travis yelled at him
to turn the cub loose. Arliss could see the mother bear coming, but he was too frightened to turn
the cub loose. Travis and his mother ran down the hill to assist Arliss, but they knew that they
were going to be too late. All of the sudden Old Yeller came like a flash and attacked the bear
from her side. The bear turned quickly to fight the dog off. Travis hoisted Arliss up and threw
him to their mother. Travis then began to run and shout at the two fighting animals. The bear
tucked it’’s tail and left. Old Yeller had saved the life of Arliss and they
were all very appreciative of what Yeller had done.

One of the next highlights in the book is when Old Yeller knocks down Rose, "the milk
cow." Travis and Old Yeller were out in the woods looking for Rose because she had been gone
for three days without a trace. Rose had been expecting to give birth at any time and went off by
herself to do this. Travis finally located Rose and she had already given birth to the calf. Travis
chased after the calf to lift it up. While attempting to do this Rose charged towards him. It was at
that time that Travis began to realize what a great dog he really had. Old Yeller dashed and
knocked down Rose then as she charged time and again at Yeller the dog tripped her up several
times. Later on that day while Travis was milking Rose she kept kicking the milk bucket over
and would not allow Travis to milk her. In order to put a stop to this incident Travis called over
Old Yeller to keep Rose in line. Old Yeller stood directly in front of Rose and thrashed forward
staring at her. The heifer was so frightened that she did not even try to budge.
The final adventure of Old Yeller that I would like to portray is very tragic and sad. It
begins with Rose contracting a disease called hydrophobia. This is an extremely fatal disease
which brings fourth foaming at the mouth of the animal. Rose, the cow, is killed and then burned
so that no other animals would eat her and spread the disease. Mama and her daughter Lisbeth
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