In this autobiographical text, Gary Paulson narrates experiences he had in the bitter cold of the North which taught him to respect all animals. It made him realize that the dogs have more human qualities than he previously assumed and helps him decide to stop hunting and trapping. Furthermore, after Paulsen finds himself injured on a desolate uninhabited trail, he realizes that his hypothesis about the nature of dogs is incorrect. (Holt Elements of Literature, 2008)
This lesson was created as part of the Anthology Alignment Project
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