How does the dog die in I Am Legend, and what was the monster?

The dog in I Am Legend dies because of the germ. Neville tries to cure the dog of its germ. However, the germ continues to spread. Eventually, the dog dies in Neville’s home.

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In Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend, the dog dies because of the germ. The germ is quite powerful. No matter how long an animal—or human—is able to counter the monstrous germ, the germ will eventually triumph.

That is what happens with the dog. The dog’s death brings...

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In Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend, the dog dies because of the germ. The germ is quite powerful. No matter how long an animal—or human—is able to counter the monstrous germ, the germ will eventually triumph.

That is what happens with the dog. The dog’s death brings Robert Neville more pain and suffering. Remember, one of the primary reasons why Neville cultivated a relationship with the dog was because of how lonely and isolated he was feeling. His life doesn’t have a lot of meaningful connections. Basically, during the day, he slays vampires. At night, he hunkers down in his fortress-like home.

The dog changes things for Neville. Even though Neville is aware that the dog has the mysterious germ, the germ has not completely overtaken the dog. The dog can still engage in activities that non-vampires can, like walking around when it’s light outside.

The dog, though, seems suspicious of Neville. To try and assure the dog of his friendly intentions, Neville offers it treats, like hamburger meat. Eventually, the dog becomes too sick to resist Neville. Neville takes the dog into his home and tries to cure it. Again, Neville is not successful. The germ is too powerful. The dog is dead.

Although, the dog’s death does seem to bring some benefits to Neville. The death appears to force Neville to come to grips with the reality of his horrible situation.

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