“I really came back my master’s to summon whatever humanity was in him. If he were really human, wouldn’t he have punished his murderer of a son? If he were a man! And what of his son? If he had even the littlest piece of a man in him, wouldn’t he have faced up to the accusing gaze of the dog that I am?”
This passage is one that stuck with me because the dog is literally questioning the humanity of man based on his ability to do good and punish injustice. I thought this passage was ironic because in my opinion what makes someone human is the tendency to be imperfect and not necessarily do the right things at all times. I was interested in knowing where the dog got his impressions of humanity. However it is understandable because till you see human beings inhumanity it is hard to imagine that such an advanced species would be able to act in a brutal way towards one another and other living creatures.
In reading this passage I thought about the first time I was learning about World War two. I remember my teacher saying it was the most brutal example of mans inhumanity to man. For the first time I realized humans aren’t as perfect and compassionate and they claim to be. This is something the dog had failed to realized. He was yet to see human beings acting evil so when this inhumanity was done to him for the first time he was shocked about it at he expressed his disbelief in the above quote. There are no moral guidelines that make someone human or inhuman. Humans have both good and bad tendencies. In Dog Days we see that these bad tendencies are more exaggerated in times of suffering. Even looking at history, human beings tend to act in more irrational ways in times of suffering and confusion.