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Animals In The Eyes of The Dragon
    Although it may seem quite absurd, the role of animals
in The Eyes of the Dragon is a very  supreme and
dignified part of the novel. Through the development
of the novel, the animal kingdom roars novel from insects to dogs and they
 all play their own, individual roles. The great black and white Anduan Husky
 named Frisky who is, out of all of her dogs, NaomiÕs favorite, leads Ben
 Staad and Naomi directly to the whereabouts of Dennis, PeterÕs butler.
FlaggÕs animals are symbols of his plans for the downfall of Delain. The
dragon that is killed by King Roland may be considered the most the memorable
 of all. In this archetypal tale, Thomas sees Flagg murder ThomasÕs father
through the eyes of the dragon. In the end of the novel, though, all of the
 animalsÕ roles fall into place.
    Frisky, NaomiÕs companion, is a strong-willed, over-
confident, Anduan Husky who may have been the Ògreatest
tracking dog that ever lived.Ó This dog sums up the
meaning of a manÕs best friend. Frisky, who can track a
three-day-old scent in the middle winter, is the reason
 the story takes place as it does.  Just as arson dogs
help pinpoint the location of substances used to start
fires, Frisky uses her keen sense of smell to pinpoint
exactly where Dennis, son of Brandon, has journeyed to
from PeynaÕs farmhouse. DennisÕs mission is to go back
 to the castle where Thomas the Tax-Bringer and Flagg,
the kingÕs magician, live and are at high power. Peyna,
 who has just given up his Judge-GeneralÕs bench, has a
feeling that there is some reason why Peter has asked
for the Royal Napkins and his motherÕs dollhouse. Dennis
 is to find this reason by sending a letter to Peter,
who is imprisoned at the time. Dennis journeys from
PeynaÕs farm in the Inner Baronies back to the fearful
 castle with nothing except for the risks of getting
killed. Five days later, with not a soul knowing the
whereabouts of Dennis, Naomi and Ben Staad (PeterÕs
best friend) come upon the deserted farm. NaomiÕs dogs
have been pulling the sleds for thirty miles all the
way from a snowy hollow in which they were camping.
The two now feel helpless. With  no clue on where there
 friend had traveled to, they search diligently for any
 signs of what they are to do next and find nothing at
all. ÒIf only there were a way to track him,Ó Ben says
and, thereafter, a light bulb lights in NaomiÕs head
like the sun on a due-soaked morning (King 296). This
is the epitome of where Frisky fits into the picture.
After brief discussion and argument, Ben and Naomi
discover that there are traces of Dennis in this
abandoned shed but it cannot be detected by humans and
FriskyÕs sense of smell is like the Òeyesight of a man
with the gaze of a hawkÓ (King 299).  Stephen King
substantially points out that DennisÕs scent is a
bright electric blue and that Frisky has the scent
stored away in her Òlibrary of scentsÓ (King 299).
 Frisky leads her companions far and high, through
many miles of snow to the deserted farmhouse and
eventually to a place in which they are forced to pause.
astle moat.  One may appear dumbfounded considering why
Frisky is referred to above as being Ôover-confident.Õ
At the moat, after some minor conflict, the Anduan Husky personally
 expedites the situation and takes a leap of faith into the great sewer
pipe which takes the travelers under the castle and directly to DennisÕs
location. Besides the fact that FriskyÕs Ònoble noseÓ is a main theme and
could be considered by some a moral, there is more educational and
entertainment values here than in any other part of the story.
    FlaggÕs animals aide him in all of his attempts to doom the kingdom of
Delain. For example, the deathwatch spider that Flagg kept encaged for
twenty years is his way to attempt to kill Sasha, the KingÕs beloved wife.
The spider has been feeding on newborn baby mice that are dying from poison.
The spider is blood red and as big as a rat (King 31).  Flagg squeezes the
 spider to death and mixes the deadly insides with a glass of brandy,
something that Sasha drinks a glass of each night to help her sleep. Flagg
 rings for a servant to come and take the glass to her. Sasha never finds out
 how close to death she came that night (King 33). Another example is the
mouse Flagg uses to set up Peter. Flagg is a very powerful magician. With
this knowledge, no one would question FlaggÕs abilities to place Dragon Sand,
 the most deadly substance of the time, into a box that he stole from Peter
long ago and  hide the box, along with a cursed mouse, into a secret place
that, allegedly, only Peter knows about. Because the evidence of the crime is
 found in a place that only Peter
knows about, people begin to see a murdererÕs face
behind a mask of affection and respect (King 116). Peter
 is then tried before a jury and taken to the top of the
 needle where he is to spend the rest of his life.
       The reader is introduced to the dragon at the beginning
of the novel when King Roland and others are hunting and
ire-breathing creature. The young dragon is killed when
 the brave King nocks his arrow, draws, and fires.
Roland makes a direct hit in the spot under the dragonÕs
 throat where it takes in air to create fire (King 13).
 The dragon dies immediately. Otherwise called the Niner,
 the dragonÕs head is hung up in King RolandÕs sitting
room along with the head of every other animal in which
the King had considered worth keeping (King 92). The
dragonÕs head is a major secret of the castle. Flagg,
being the magician he is, knows most secrets of the
castle (No one, not even he, know all of them) (King 81)
. Flagg, after Thomas has a bad day at a luncheon with
his father, shows the secrets to Thomas, for he has a
feeling it may lead to mischief. This turns out to be
true. The secret is this: After one is led through a
maze of corridors and through the ÒdimÓ door, he must
press a certain stone in order to access the passageway
that is revealed after the click is heard (King 89). At
 the end of the passageway, there are two little panels.
 After sliding these panels, one find himself behind the
 Niner and will discover that he can see directly
through the dragonÕs eyes. Though heeding FlaggÕs advice
 not to go too often, Thomas is watching the night in
which Flagg poisons King Roland. But after Thomas is
declared King, and years of dealing with terrible
nightmares, Thomas discovers one thing: guilt and
secrets, like murdered bones, never rest easy (King 167)
     Stated in this collection of ideas is that the role of
 the animals in The Eyes of the Dragon  is a supreme and
 dignified part of the novel. The reader must reread the
 novel for any further confirmation.  In conclusion, one
 can now acknowledge that animalsÕ effect on how
something takes place is important to everyday living
as well as important to the world of literature.
 Written by Michael Peebles in Hoover,AL
   contact at: BeerAMid@aol.com
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