"The Baddest Dog in Harlem" is a short story written by Walter Dean Myers. The short story focuses on police shootings in Harlem that result in the killing of a young boy and a dog.
The themes in this text are friendship, shooting, police brutality, and racism. In this assignment, I will focus on the setting, characterization, the tone of voice, the message and the themes of the short story.
The story takes place on 145th Street, outside Big Joe's place hat was chained to the gate that covered Big Joe's place, trying to figure out who was the best fighter of all time." Later, the police came and talk to them about how long they have been staying outside Big Joe's place.
Furthermore, we get to know that the narrator comes from a low-income family with a lack of school education, as shown in the text on p. 18 l, 14-16:
"Half the guys on the block don't have jobs,and so they're always on the stoops or just standing around with nothing to do." This is similar to the point before, which tells us about the environment and the fact that the people in Harlem are poor.
The reason why the narrator has chosen to write that most people in Harlem do not have a job is because he wants to clarify that we are in a ghetto, where people are poor.
Furthermore, despite the fact that people in Harlem were likely to be poor, unemployed, and so on, some persons in Harlem were more focused on their job and got an overall better life than others.
"You shot up my new drapes! I don't work all day for you fools to be up here shooting my drapes!" Finally, we get to know that there had been someone who got a job in Harlem and lived in a ghetto: We get to know that Mary Brown felt better than the others in Harlem and, certainly, in the ghetto.