While Enzo has always believed his soul to be more human than those of other dogs, he begins to cultivate what he believes is a more human outlook on life once he's introduced to the idea of watching television by himself. Thanks to the variety of channels that Denny leaves on for Enzo, from the Weather Channel to the Discovery Channel, Enzo uses television to learn how to be human. Television fosters Enzo's love for the dramatic and storytelling. He consistently offers up lists of his favorite actors and movies, many of which are famous for a relationship of some sort to racing or cars. Further, Enzo cultivates his humanity and love of storytelling even more when Zoë is old enough to watch Sesame Street and Enzo is able to teach himself to read. Later in the novel, Enzo uses the television shows he's seen to reconstruct his own dramatic retelling of Denny's court case. In this way, Enzo sees television not just as entertainment, but as something emphatically human—something to learn from, to study, and then to expand upon and use as reference material as he tells his own stories.
Television Quotes in The Art of Racing in the Rain
After the 1993 Grand Prix, the best thing I've ever seen on TV is a documentary that explained everything to me, made it all clear, told the whole truth: when a dog is finished living his lifetimes as a dog, his next incarnation will be as a man.
But sometimes the truth is hidden in a hall of mirrors. Sometimes we believe we are viewing the real thing, when in fact we are viewing a facsimile, a distortion. As I listen to this trial, I am reminded of the climactic scene of a James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun. James Bond escaped his hall of mirrors by breaking the glass, shattering the illusions, until only the true villain stood before him. We, too, must shatter the mirrors. We must look into ourselves and root out the distortions until that thing which we know in our hearts is perfect and true, stands before us. Only then will justice be served.