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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum
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Toto barked sharply and made a snap at the tin legs. What does this suggest about Toto?

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Toto's barking and snapping suggests that the presence of the Tin Man makes him feel insecure and anxious. Many dogs of all sizes and breeds respond with aggression when they experience fear; the Tin Man, though kindly in manner, is so strange and unusual in appearance that he might have inspired fear in Toto.

Toto's behavior may have also suggested protectiveness of Dorothy and a connection to her feelings about the Tin Man. As her trusty canine companion, Toto might feel that Dorothy is his charge and that he is responsible for her safety. Toto may have intuited Dorothy's surprise and uncertainty at the appearance of the Tin Man and taken her lead. His barking and snapping might have been a supportive response to Dorothy's attitude towards the Tin Man.

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