The Animal Game
Throughout this novel, I noticed the repeated subjects of animal being thrown around (especially during Astair’s storyline). Beginning on page 237, Astair mentions “The Animal Game”, which she describes as seeing humans as an animal form. She gives multiple examples such as a couple resembling pigs and shoppers at Target resembling wolves. After reading this passage, I would try and note every time I saw an animal mentioned in other storylines. Xanther’s storyline on page 375 is titled, “Prey”, which is referred to as an animal being hunted. Luther’s storyline, beginning on page 353, is titled, “Dawgz” and toward dogs have a prominent relevance during that storyline. Also, in Astair’s storyline on page 439, her and Tay talk about being called different types of animals (ferret, chimpanzee).
For this post, I wanted to see if (1) anyone else noticed these animal references and (2) if anyone had any thoughts on the animals that these characters resemble, whether it is personality wise, or even physical feature wise (I know we cannot actually see what the characters look like, but with descriptions we can imagine in our heads). I even read Dov’s name as “Dove”, which reminds me of the bird. To start off, I wanted to relate the dying cat that Xanther finds with the picture of herself that she found on the Horrorsphere. The picture she found of herself was an ugly, scarred, and scary version of herself. When she finds the cat, it is buried underneath trash. Both beings (human/animal) are in need of saving.