Live Like a Dog, Alone

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Live Like a Dog, Alone

1)A Summary of ”Live like a Dog, Alone”

“Live Like a Dog, Alone” is a short story about two people meeting in a taxi. They are both very lonely. The woman that entered the taxi is called Miriam. Miriam is a middle-aged woman on her way home from the hospital. She lives a chaotic, stressful life and that’s why her heart is always racing in overdrive, which often ends her in the hospital. The taxi driver is a refugee from Kosovo. At five in the morning they start a conversation. The taxi driver says to her “Now, I am living like a dog, alone.” This statement summarizes the whole story. The taxi driver seems very unhappy and depressed with his life. She tries to cheer him up, but then suddenly she realizes how similar their lives are. After a quick ride through London, they arrive to Miriam’s house and the taxi driver goes in for a cup of coffee.

2) Characterize of Miriam and the life she lives

Miriam lives alone without a husband and children. She was married once but her ex-husband ran away with an English actress. The actress seemed quite different from Miriam. While reading the text we find out that Miriam is a very caring person. She believes that she has a big responsibility for other people. There are several examples to support this statement in the text. For example, ”It was her instinct to cheer people up, in any case (…) The habit had driven her husband mad:she suspected it was the real reason he’d left her (2 page line 63-64)
Even after her husband left her she still finds ways to help him. He asks her for some money and she just answers “Sauce for the wife must be sauce for the husband. These

are the days of gender equality” (2 pager line 75-76). As you can see, Miriam lives a stressful life. The fact that she ends up on the hospital often because of working too hard seems like a bad habit for her. Sometimes she…...

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