This article is the analysis of symbolism and folklore in the novel “The Track of the Cat.” The novel contains elements of animal symbolism, good versus evil, fear of the unknown, gender stereotypes, and death.
In the Aarne-Thompson index, Tale Type 62 refers to “Peace among the Animals-the Fox and the Cock.” The opening story is a variation of that type, and the author continues on to analyze similar variations.
A tale about a patient buzzard and an impatient hawk is the basis for the author’s analysis of story variations. It is a companion article to one published in the previous issue, titled “The Fox and the Goose.”
Finding his work horse sufficiently tired each morning for a couple days, a farmer sat outside at night to try to catch the person riding his horse. To his fright, he felt the presence of a witch instead.