Structure

Innholdsfortegnelse

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Beginning

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…

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Middle

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 …

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Ending

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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