The Yearling Questions and Answers

The Yearling

In the book, Fodder-Wing is the disabled youngest son of the Forresters. He and Jody Baxter are best friends. According to the text, Fodder-Wing got his name after an unfortunate incident. Since...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018 6:55 pm UTC

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The Yearling

The primary theme of The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is growing up in hostile and sometimes violent surroundings. Jody Baxter has a pet deer from which he is inseparable. The deer Flag...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2010 1:03 pm UTC

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The Yearling

There is not a great deal written about the actual death, but there are a number of places where folks that care for Fodder-wing are very concerned about him. Jody always hears these and keeps...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 9:00 pm UTC

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The Yearling

This story is a very sensitive and touching tale of one boy's growth from a child to an adult. The way that the story follows a year in the life of this boy and in particular the relationship that...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2012 6:59 am UTC

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The Yearling

The 1939 winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's The Yearling tells the story of young Jody Baxter and his family in the scrub land of post-Civil War North Central Florida. The...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2009 11:16 am UTC

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The Yearling

Penny Baxter is about to maneuver a special trade with the Forresters in this scene from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' novel, The Yearling. Penny's small mongrel dog has just proven his utter...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2010 11:10 am UTC

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The Yearling

Jody Baxter has spent most of his young life attending to chores in the Florida wilderness of Baxter's Island in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' novel, The Yearling. His parents bring him up in an...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2009 8:11 am UTC

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The Yearling

Jody understands with his head why he must kill his beloved fawn Flag, but he cannot accept what he must do with his heart. When Penny reasons with him, he can offer no explanation why he has not...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2010 8:29 am UTC

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The Yearling

The death of Fodder-Wing, Jody's best friend in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' novel, The Yearling, naturally has a strong effect on a boy so young. Fodder-Wing is the first person that Jody has known...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2009 6:26 am UTC

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The Yearling

Jody begins his running away with something of a plan. He wants to run off to Boston to see Oliver and Grandma Hutto. He is consumed by the pain of his loss and unwilling to confront going home and...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 9:25 pm UTC

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The Yearling

Grandma Hutto is a friend who lives nearby the Baxters. As her son Oliver is often away, Jody and Penny sometimes share the game they catch with her so she will not have to go without fresh...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2010 3:15 am UTC

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The Yearling

Penny Baxter—or Ezra Ezekiel Baxter, to give him his proper name—grew up in a very harsh, uncaring environment. As well as being subjected to a stern upbringing by his deeply religious father, he...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020 9:58 am UTC

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The Yearling

Jody feels that the baby coon is delightful, and he enjoys holding it, wishing he could have one. Jody likes how Fodder-wing Forrester always has a lot of pets. He finds it interesting because his...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2013 3:50 pm UTC

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The Yearling

The rattlesnake bite that Penny Baxter receives in the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings novel, The Yearling, indirectly leads to his son, Jody, discovering the fawn that will serve as the focus for the...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2009 1:24 am UTC

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The Yearling

Grandma Hutto doesn't want Oliver going after the Forresters and probably getting himself killed. The Forresters don't always fight fairly, and Grandma knows Oliver wouldn't stop until he had tried...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2007 1:22 pm UTC

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The Yearling

I am not sure that there is any lesson to be taken from the character of Twink Weatherby, but her purpose in the book seems to be to illustrate the similarities between humans and animals in the...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2010 10:56 am UTC

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The Yearling

In a story the center of the plot of which involves a young boy’s love for the fawn he finds in the woods, there is no shortage of examples of text illuminating that affection. Jody develops an...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2014 4:56 pm UTC

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The Yearling

A brood-sow is a female pig kept for the purposes of breeding. In The Yearling, the Baxter family own a black brood-sow by the name of Betsy. One morning, Penny and Jody are shocked to discover...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2019 11:32 am UTC

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The Yearling

A list of main events for each season might look like this: Spring:  Slewfoot kills the sow, Julia is hurt in the hunt for Slewfoot, Penny and Jody visit the Forresters to trade for a gun,...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2007 10:51 am UTC

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The Yearling

"The Yearling" has many strengths. One of them is how many of the characters relate to one another. This is a book full of affection and strong relationships. Another is the relationship...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2008 5:30 am UTC

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The Yearling

The Yearling traces the struggles of the Baxter family and their neighbors, the Forresters as they survive in the scrub forest of Florida after the Civil War, in the 1800s. Jody's father, Penny...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2014 11:21 am UTC

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The Yearling

Jody enjoys his time with Flag, the fawn, for a variety of reasons. First, like many children, Jody has desired a pet for an extended period of time. However, based on his family’s economic...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2012 4:00 am UTC

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The Yearling

Jody begins feeding Flag with his own rations, willing to sacrifice and deal with some hunger in order to feed the helpless creature he has taken in. The first real incident where Jody has to make...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 8:58 pm UTC

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The Yearling

The Forrester boys are not all alike, but they are typically very strong and healthy. They love to hunt and have an incredible capacity for work. Fodder-Wing is different partly because he has...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 9:14 pm UTC

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The Yearling

Setting can be a major influence in particular stories because the setting and time period play a pivotal role. For example, the novel To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb, Alabama in the...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2009 5:48 am UTC

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The Yearling

Buck and Mill-wheel Forrester go off together with Penny and Jody to evaluate the damage wrought by a terrible storm which has stricken the area. After they had seen to their own stranded stock,...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2010 4:52 am UTC

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The Yearling

One of the first impressions the reader has of Jody is when he is building a flutter-wheel in the river rather than doing the work his father has asked him to do. He is grateful for the gentle way...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 2:10 am UTC

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The Yearling

The main characters in The Yearling are Jody Baxter (a 12 year old boy) and his deer Flag. Jody's parents (Penny and Ora Baxter) are also pretty important, as are their neighbors the Forresters,...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2007 11:24 pm UTC

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The Yearling

1. Throughout the narrative, Jody performs chores that assist in the survival of the Baxter family since he has no brothers or sisters. His hoeing of the sweet potato field, feeding of the animals,...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2014 3:46 pm UTC

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The Yearling

Gabby Forrester is one of the seven Forrester brothers. He is described as "shorter than the rest and not unduly bright." Not a lot is mentioned about him through the course of the book. The...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2010 3:50 am UTC

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The Yearling

Here are your answers to your questions from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings novel, The Yearling. CHRISTMAS PARTY. A Christmas party is planned for the church in Volusia, but before the Baxters can...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2010 4:31 am UTC

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The Yearling

Grandma Hutto is going to Boston on the steamboat. Her house has burned down, and she says that she is too old to rebuild and go on living in isolation on the Florida frontier. She tells her son...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2010 2:32 am UTC

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The Yearling

It's true that Jody shirks his responsibilities, sometimes failing to finish his chores. Talking about how slowly Jody does his chores, his mom says, "'To see him hoe, you'd think he was a...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016 1:44 pm UTC

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The Yearling

During a wet summer night with a storm raining down from above, Jody asks his pa, Penny Baxter, to "tell us a tale." Jody always enjoyed his father's stories, so Penny thought hard before coming up...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2009 11:23 am UTC

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The Yearling

Jody has learned to behave responsibly from the fine parental guidance supplied by his father, Penny. Although Jody occasionally avoided his chores, Penny expected his son to help with the farm...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2010 9:32 am UTC

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The Yearling

As an only child in a remote area, Jody is thrilled to have a pet that can be his companion as he does his chores; something to pet and love fills a space in the boy, especially after his crippled...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2014 8:02 pm UTC

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The Yearling

Penny has a number of objections to the idea of poisoning the wolves. The first is a very practical concern, that of not being sure that the wolves will get the poison and perhaps some other...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2010 8:06 pm UTC

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The Yearling

Jody enjoys seeing the mother raccoon feed and teach her young. It's in watching this that Jody realizes that Fodder-Wing is alive in all of nature, and he then understands that some part of...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2007 2:12 am UTC

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The Yearling

What do you mean by "it"--the conflict of man vs. nature or the book? You can find a summary, character analysis, and a discussion of themes right here at eNotes. Follow this link:...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2008 4:46 pm UTC

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The Yearling

According to a note left by Doc Watson, he has left the area to escape the floodwaters created by the storm. His note reads, "I have gone toward the ocean where this much water ain't so...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2010 2:57 pm UTC

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The Yearling

I think it depends entirely on your perspective. From Ma Baxter's perspective, she is absolutely right. More than anyone else she feels the fear of starvation as she knows it too well. She...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 9:08 pm UTC

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The Yearling

Penny has always shown a great respect for animals, he doesn't hunt for sport and he wouldn't see any wild thing suffer if he could avoid it. So he approaches the question of the wolves the same...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2010 10:07 pm UTC

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The Yearling

Jody does a number of things to help the family get by, among them the simple chores like splitting wood or fetching water to helping his father with planting and harvesting the various crops....

Latest answer posted November 5, 2010 8:04 pm UTC

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The Yearling

In Chapter 28, the reader is informed about all the crops that will go in that season on the Baxter's farm. Penny is preparing the ground for tobacco, cotton and various other crops that they will...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 2:49 am UTC

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The Yearling

Well, not all of the men in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' novel, The Yearling, have feminine names. Buck and Lem Forrester's first names could certainly not be considered feminine; and Oliver, the...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2010 11:39 am UTC

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The Yearling

Grandma Hutto has a small, white dog named Fluff. He's named for the fluffiness of his coat. Since her husband is long gone, Fluff is her main companion and they love each other very much. Still,...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020 9:50 pm UTC

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The Yearling

In return for half the meat, the Forresters help Penny and Jody carry the carcass of Old Slewfoot out of the deep wilderness. A few days before Christmas, Penny determines to follow Old Slewfoot...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2010 7:56 am UTC

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The Yearling

Jody Baxter is the young son of Penny Baxter, pioneering Floridians in the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings novel, "The Yearling." It is a warm, sunny day, and there are chores to be done, but Jody decides...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2009 1:21 pm UTC

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The Yearling

The Forrester clan of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' novel, The Yearling, are an interesting bunch to say the least. They are the nearest neighbors to the Baxters, but they don't always act in a...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2010 12:39 am UTC

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The Yearling

Yes, I think he was right to bring the fawn home. It wouldn't have had a chance at survival if left to fend for itself. While it's true that you shouldn't remove an animal from the wild, in this...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2010 6:56 pm UTC

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