Analysis

The story  “The Custom” by Charlie Patsauq follows a traditional structure while including narrative techniques like backstory and foreshadowing.

The characters include the old man, as the main character, and his two sons as secondary characters. The collective character of the villagers also appears in the story.

The events take place in an unnamed place, in the characters’ village, and in their igloo. The social setting explores aspects related to Inuit culture and lifestyle, family relationships, duty to the community, sacrifice for survival, and perceptions of life and death.

The events are described from the point of view of a third-person narrator, who not only describes the events but also voices the main character’s thoughts. 

The story is told in a minimalistic style. The language used by the narrator is simple, using symbolism and concise dialogue to convey the complex meanings behind the story.  

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