At the end of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, we learn that the narrator and protagonist, Janina, are responsible for all the murders that occurred throughout the book. Her reasoning for it was that she learned these men were avid hunters and had killed her dogs. She then believes that she has been chosen by the animals as the instrument of their revenge, and acting as their tool, she kills four of the hunters.
This decision to kill the hunters for the animals led Janina to tell others that the animals killed the victims. She initially has very little success with this, telling the police her theories and being brushed off as a “crazy madwoman”. However, as time goes on, others begin to agree with Janina. Both the Dentist and the man with a poodle are initially open to the possibility and later express their shared belief that the animals killed the hunters. I think Janina tells people the animals are taking revenge are twofold: Firstly, I think she genuinely believes she was chosen by the animals, and secondly, she hopes that it will open people’s eyes to the intelligence of animals and stop people from killing them.
However, by being the one to kill the hunters, Janina’s message is built on a lie. This lie is not only told to other characters but to the readers as well. She omits the killings from the story, as well as how she got Innerd’s horoscope info. Interestingly, Janina frequently shares horoscope information about other characters with the reader, but does not tell the reader about her horoscope, further obscuring her true self (I believe this is true, it’s possible I missed a bit where she does talk about her own horoscope).
Because Janina is eventually found to be the killer, her message about the animals taking revenge is lost. Any chance of more people believing is lost, unless the other townsfolk believe that the animals actually did choose her. It does seem that some people do believe Janina is in the right, (Oddball, Dizzy, Good News, the book shop owner, Boros), but these were people who already shared many of Janina’s views. Janina ultimately accomplished very little by killing the four hunters, and I doubt hunting in the town will stop. I believe that because of this, her revenge has failed.