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In the movie Secret Window, Mort's dog Chico is found dead stabbed with a screwdriver and Mort deduces that Shooter have killed the dog (as a letter was attached to the dog's body). But later in the movie, it is revealed that its Mort himself who was acting Shooter's part.

And also, for the other murdered people (Greenleaf, the detective, etc), it can be said the Shooter/Mort killed them as they stood in his way. But why kill he dog? He was not harm to Shooter/Mort's intentions or whatsoever..

So why did the dog have to die? Is is in some way connected to the movie's storyline or just put there to confuse the viewer?

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Why is Mort annoyed with the cleaning lady ? –  user1012 Mar 13 '12 at 16:32
Hi @Me2948. Welcome to Movies.SE. I have converted what you put in an answer to a comment, as it appears to be more of a question. If you wish to answer the question you may do so, or if you want to ask a completely new question about Secret Window - click the Ask Question link. –  iandotkelly Mar 13 '12 at 16:56

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Personally, it would have seemed weird for the dog to be present throughout the rest of the film, especially with the ending.

On a more analytical point of view, however, it might have been simply because of the psychological breakdown that the main character begins to suffer. Some killings (maybe I could venture to say most) have a strong emotional connection with the killer. I don't remember there being much elaboration about the dog's origins, but killing the dog could have been an outlet for him, a way to express the pent-up emotions from what he's dealt with. Maybe he just used the dog to represent his hatred for his wife cheating on him.

Honestly, I think it just boils down to the dog being at the wrong place at the wrong time. You've got a writer who's delusional about breaking up with his wife (since he's putting off the divorce), drinking a hefty amount of Jack Daniel's, and stuck with a lack of writer's inspiration at a cabin in a small town. Isolation and emotional suffering can breed some psychotic issues.

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Thanks for the answer! That cleared things up.. And for "Spoiler-masking", just type ">!" and start typing the spoiler-text (Or take a look at my post-- just click "edit" and you'll see my formatting). –  Roshnal Jan 31 '12 at 9:26
@iandotkelly why did you take off the spoiler mask? I don't want to spoil anything for people who haven't watched the movie... –  RaysonK Feb 1 '12 at 4:10
@RaysonK - The Movies.SE community has pretty much come out against spoiler markup, particularly if it masks a lot of a question or answer. There have been several discussions - the most extensive being meta.movies.stackexchange.com/questions/82/… . The argument is .. if you don't want to read spoilers from 'movie x' - then don't read the question. I would argue that minimal spoiler markup would be ok if a bit of the answer might surprise you - e.g. if the answer drew on spoilers from another movie entirely. –  iandotkelly Feb 1 '12 at 4:45
I would happily chat about this, or if you object please answer that question or ask another on meta. I don't make 'the rules', it is very much as much your site as mine, so if you want to change the feeling about spoiler markup then please do challenge this approach. I won't remove the spoiler markup again (it seems a bit petty to do so) but I would encourage you to think about it and remove it yourself. Really everything on this site is a spoiler - so it is the responsibility of readers to beware. Before I edited the question and answer here - 90% of the page was hidden. –  iandotkelly Feb 1 '12 at 4:48
It is even in the FAQ Please note that spoilers are allowed here and may be out in the open. Read at your own risk. –  TylerShads Feb 1 '12 at 6:06

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