Setting in "The Shawl" Analytical Essay by ResearchRiter

Setting in "The Shawl"
An analysis of the setting in Cynthia Ozick's story, "The Shawl".
# 121450 | 1,500 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American) , Holocaust Studies (General)

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This paper discusses Cynthia Ozick's short story, "The Shawl", about a mother who murders her infant in a Nazi concentration camp rather than permit her to endure atrocities by the Nazis. The paper's focus is on new criticism and how setting and symbolism in the story provide insight into the author's meaning.

From the Paper:

"In Cynthia Ozick's "The Shawl", the author provides us with a short story of a mother in a Nazi concentration camp, Rosa and her infant daughter, Magda. By the end of the brief short story, Rosa will hurl Magda in her magic shawl into the electrified fence surrounding the fence. For Rosa, this is a victory for it liberates her daughter, freeing her from the horrors and abuses of the Nazis. In this work, setting plays an important role..."

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