The author of this story, Jackie Brewster has written: “The Fox Cub” in year 2014, while currently living in Nottingham. She actually won the competition of Mselxia, which is a women’s magazine.
Shortly put, it’s about a brand new friendship developing between two young girls and becoming a brief acquaintance at the same time when it suddenly ended. The story is written in medias res and is not chronologically build up for the reader to go through. We first meet one of the head roles of characters in the story, named Marie. Then Rachel is mentioned when she stops peddling her bike as she sees the new girl, who approaches nearer to the playing field. They fell into a conversation which turns out to give discomfort to poor Rachel, who kind of regrets the talk with Marie after. Marie wants to show her something. Characterization of Marie
Marie is a 13-year old teenage girl who seems very mature of her age. She wears a striking pink shade of lipstick and have developed breasts already. Therefore one can assume that she is going through the awkward phase of puberty at this time. She has lost her virginity and seems slightly proud of the situation, while she asks Rachel about whether or not she has done it with anyone yet.
She also conveys some sort of lack of empathy with Rachel’s modesty in terms of her disinterest in this particular topic. Furthermore she gives out some vibes about her new found deep interest in the opposite gender. Boys are now also at the top of the menu for her at least. Marie might not come from a very wealthy family, due to the fact that she doesn’t own a bicycle herself. That could lead her to the realization that she needs to be depended on others for her happiness. She keeps what is portrayed at first as a little young fox cub by her house outside but we later on as readers’, find out that it’s an adult fox. It can very well be a symbolization that comes to show that she wants to take care of others, even if it’s an animal, whilst nobody really seems to care much for her. Moreover she seems like an individual who needs to learn more about responsibilities. She feeds the fox with a completely wrong choice of food, she namely fed the fox with dog food and milk.
Comments about the differences between Rachel and Marie
The main differences that you may notice in these two very strong personalities, is actually a very sharp contrast that is drawn out in in the exaggeration of the young ladies’ uniquely features. On one hand we have Rachel who seems to possess a shyness about her aura and is a bit conscientious in different and unaccustomed situations. On the whole other side of the spectrum we have a bit more flamboyant type of personality with Marie, she strikes as a bit of an Alpha female type of girl. Only due to the fact that she takes charge at the beginning of their conversation. Rachel is also a quite withdrawn type of person, because she can’t even tell Marie that her weight on her bicycle kind of drags the tempo down a bit. She could’ve perhaps joked about it with her new friend. The method of dialogue between Marie and her cousin is also very upfront and confrontational, maybe because they have a personal family dilemma internally. One couldn’t imagine anyone who spoke to Rachel in the same direct manner. She might not even had responded to such a demeanor in attitude.
When people tend to overlook the priorities of others and happen to put themselves in harm’s way, such as to bring in a baby fox to the household whom will be brought up to be a house pet, then you surely can intervene in such a risky situation. Not only can the person harm him or herself by a wild and perhaps even dangerous animal but you should also be concerned about the animal’s comfort outside of its habitat. The state of health of the fox didn’t seem to be at its highest peak.
There seems to be a set of different norms of acceptability, in terms of the unspoken values of how to treat others as you would like to see done to yourself and your loved ones as well. These thoughts alludes to everyone generally, who gets the idea of intended rescue of animals who don’t have the human vocabulary to communicate with us about their wants and needs.
We should be the primarily main providers of other species, when we know that we have the ability to do so. Regardless of the background of this particular incident of non-accordance to the rights of animals, one should always have in mind the barrier of kinship between human beings vs the entire animal kingdom. The security of freedom of choice, should also go hand in hand with the treatment of innocent smaller beings such a fox, a deer and a raccoon – even though it might not be for the entertainment of the stronger link in the food chain, which is us, the people.
One could easily imagine that individuals such as the character of Marie from the story, would have their eyes shone right open with eagerness that goes to show their excitement in terms of their new hobbies or even personal projects. If there isn’t any talk about objects such as handbags and jewelry etc. then you can’t just keep it all hidden away in a caged area for yourself. Everybody seeks and needs attention and care at some point in time, whether it’s humans or defenseless animals. Our society should minimize the abuse of animals all over the world. Not the other way around. Animals don’t do horseplay in a conscious manner at least, so they have their rights still.