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Coming-of-age novel; Western novel; animal rights novel; didactic novel
Point of view
Alternately grandiose, reverent, humorous, tragic
A group of misfit campers sets out on a mission to rescue a herd of buffalo from their deaths in a brutal, state-sponsored shooting; the campers seek to define themselves as individuals and as men.
The boys witness the buffalo shooting at the preserve; the boys decide to escape from camp in an effort to rescue the buffalo
The Bedwetters succeed in freeing the buffalo
Cotton's death and the Bedwetters' consequent mixed emotions of grief and joy
Cotton pretends to vote to return home and abort the mission, testing the Bedwetters' sense of initiative and independence; Cotton appears as if he is "chewing on the idea of eternity"
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