Psychological Aspects of “Cave of Wonders”



In the novel “Cave of Wonders: A Port Of Call”, by Jose Ramon Garcia, we have a pet dog named Jack who is raised in a Spanish residential colony (the novel is set in the Basque region of Spain). The novel chronicles how he comes to be an icon of Spanish culture as well as the exotic pet dogs and cats that become members of his household. His story parallels that of Jose’s in so many ways. Both are outsiders in a strange land, both have strange pets, and both are forced to assimilate into the culture they enter. “Cave of Wonders” is not just about the setting, though, as it is also about the characters and their relationships with each other and with the rest of the world.

We have two primary characters in this book, Jaco and his brother Oscar, who are both members of the Basque National Police force. It should go without saying that the relationship between them and their homeland is a complex one. Oscar is from a conservative region of Spain while Jaco is from a highly multicultural region of Spain. There is a great deal of family tension between the two as they try to cope with their different cultural elements. “Cave of Wonders” explores how this tension is expressed through the interactions between these two characters.

One of the tensions in the novel stems from the fact that both of them are from a lower class of citizens in their country. As is the case with most stories of Spanish colonizers, both of them are subjected to systematic injustice and are separated from their families. They are neither allowed to live in the same houses or in the same places with their families and live in different apartments with strangers. They are therefore required to make their own arrangements for survival, which include socializing with members of their assigned communities and interacting with pet dogs and cats in the various centers where they work.

It is these experiences and feelings of social inferiority that create a unique opportunity for Oscar and Jaco to understand and appreciate each other. When they realize that they can have friends of the same culture and race in their new country, they are able to begin to feel better about themselves and accept the differences they have with their fellow officers. Also consider pets as members of their families. Pet dogs and cats are part of their lives. And it becomes clear that pets can play a significant role in improving the lives of all of the members of their squad.

Another theme that runs throughout “Cave of Wonders” is respect for animals. Oscar and Joana recognize the importance of pet dogs and cats in the society and recognize their value as members of the family. They are willing to sacrifice themselves and their pets for the welfare of others. This plays an important role not only in training their dogs and cats to obey human commands but also helps them to overcome some of the prejudices and social taboos that surround the ownership of pets.

Finally, consider pets as a resource for the characters in the film. O’Flynn notices that Joana and her pet dogs can sense danger because of the toxic in the air. She gives them some antidote drops and demonstrates to Oscar that his fear of cats can be easily overcome if he will just listen to his pet. After listening to this example, viewers can easily relate to humans with similar fears. The use of pet dogs and cats to overcome social anxieties and fears throughout the film helps viewers think of their own fears and anxieties and how they can overcome them.

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