Tim O Brien The Shawl Analysis

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War and Revolution -- TEAM ONE Part A. General Thoughts and Questions (approx. 2 paragraphs) 1. In this week’s stories I noticed that with war there is baggage you carry in physically and emotionally. War effects all aspects of life. I enjoyed how well the author created images in The Shawl and used symbolism throughout. 2. Tim O’Brien Full name William Timothy O’Brien (born October 1, 1946, Austin, Minnesota, U.S.), American novelist noted for his writings about American soldiers in the Vietnam War. After studying political science at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota (B.A., 1968), O’Brien fought in Vietnam. When he returned to the United States, he studied intermittently at Harvard University and worked for the Washington Post (1971–74) as an intern and reporter. He collected his newspaper and magazine articles about his war experiences in his first book,…show more content…
The plot of the short story usually involved a conflict or struggle between opposing forces. Either chorological or flash backs.( 1728) help the reader anticipate of foreshadow )flying) what will happen. The perspective the author reflects personifies the terror of the Holocaust itself. The use of symbolism shows the death is always on there minds , cant escape unless you’re on the other side of the fence. To Rosa she describes the shawl having magical qualities. Because Magda has been hidden the Nazi’s have not killed her yet and was a food source. Stella took Magda’s shawl away causing conflict and when the magic was gone there was attention to the child. When Rosa returns from getting the shawl back she sees Magda being carried over a guards head and thrown into the electric fence at the camp: “She looked like a butterfly touching a silver vine.” At the end Rosa, the mother is stuffing Magda’s shawl into her mouth to quiet her own screams so she would not be killed

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