The short story begins with a backstory on the main character: he is an old man who is becoming a burden to his sons (p. 217, l. 1). This is also a foreshadowing element for the sons’ decision to leave the old man behind.

The mention of dogs that pull sleds (p. 217, ll. 2-3) gives readers a sense of the physical setting, as they can imagine the story develops in a cold region (as Inuit communities typically live in cold regions).

The exposition continues with a backstory on the village: “The village was slowly starving, this was the time of famine for the Eskimos. The hunters were now deciding where to go” (p. 2…



In the rising action, the older son explains to his father that they need to leave him behind. Their explanation also includes a backstory: they cannot remain with him because the village needs hunters, as many of them died during the period of famine (p. 217, ll. 17-19). This creates a tension point in the story.

The father tells his son that he had been expecting this decision and gives his son his …



In the falling action, the young son is crying on his knees. His brother and other people enter the igloo (p. 218, ll. 7-9). We also learn that the people understand the brothers’ actions and comfort them.

The resolution shows the village moving out, with the brothers leading the group and mourning their fat…

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