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Compare and contrast the treatments of dogs in To Flush, My Dog by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and RSPCA leaflet.

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Compare and contrast the treatments of dogs in ?To Flush, My Dog? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and RSPCA leaflet. The poem ?To Flush, My Dog? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the leaflet of RSPCA are two writings exploring the same theme - dog and the treatments by their owners. Elizabeth elaborates her relationship with her dog while the RSPCA document articulates the problems facing some unfortunate dogs. The feeling expressed and the use of language devices shares some similarities albeit one is a poem and the other comprise articles from an animal caring organization. Similarities, differences and significance of them will be discussed in this essay. The poem is clearly a praise of the writer?s beloved dog while the RSPCA documents aim to appeal for donation. The poem is made of 20 stanzas of 6 lines each and strongly portraits a very dear and noble aura to share her love for the dog. ...read more.

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The dog had to ?crawl away and hide under a cot? (Line 13). Trio?s reaction makes us feel very sorry. In the pathetic story of Poppy, his owner doesn?t want it only after one day. (Animal like these needs your support NOW). Readers easily notice the problem and are moved by the visual details when the dog was found along the drainage. ?Simply flushes you down the toilet? (line 3-4) shows that the owner didn?t show any humanitarian feeling to Poppy at all. To Poppy, there was no food and proper shelter. The two stories present powerful visual effect by describing details of the maltreatment. It effectively strengthens the appeal for helping the animals. On the other hand, Flush is Elizabeth?s best friend. It sits beside her when she is sick (Stanza 7 line 2 & 6). When Elizabeth is crying with ?one or two quick tears? and ?signing?, ?Flush sprang in eager haste in a tender haste.?(Stanza 11) ...read more.

Conclusion

The structures of two passages are very different. The RSPCA leaflet is in passage form and language is quite informal. Unlike the poem, there are no rhyming words and use of archaic words. The free style writing allows the writers to convey its main messages to the reader more easily. The Flush poem on the other hand, has frequent use of rhyming words and also archaic words ?thee? to make the poem more poetic. Examples are plenty throughout the entire poem, like ?one, run? and ?nature, creature in stanza 1 and ?height, delight, line and thine? in the last stanza The rhyming words create a musical effect which attracts reader?s attention. Although the two documents look at the theme of treatments of dogs in different perspectives, both successfully achieve their goals in a high literary standard. Structures and the use of language features share some similarities and yet there are differences. They adopt brilliant ways of articulating their ideas, and effectively induce empathy and sympathy from their readers. We can deeply feel admiration to the poem protagonist ? Flush and also arouse pity to the miserable tortured animals in the RSPCA leaflet. ...read more.

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