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What is the message of the short story "The Address" by Marga Minco.  What...

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wimbledon | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 16, 2008 at 3:36 AM via web

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What is the message of the short story "The Address" by Marga Minco.  What are 3 points one may talk about in this short story?

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lewismct | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted July 16, 2008 at 4:09 AM (Answer #1)

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Although ostensibly a very sad story about loss and regret emanating from the persecution of the Dutch Jews during the Second World War, like The Diary of Anne Frank it also more intimately speaks to the personal challenges we all must face as individuals in resolving crisis in our own lives. The story relays events before and after the war as the female narrator attempts to confront her past as she visits "the address" where her family's past belongings were "stored," a non-Jewish neighbour's house. On a deeper level, the story is a commentary on memories and remembering - on what is worth remembering and what is worth forgetting: things "lose their value when you see them again, torn out of context…" As a way of teaching epiphany and mature perspective, as well as the role of historical background/context in reading, this story should prove invaluable for young people.

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tanishaarora | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 26, 2008 at 11:06 PM (Answer #2)

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this story is a piognant account of a daughter who goes in search of her mother's belongings after war, in holland.

when she finds them, the objects evoke memories of her earlier life.however, she decides to leave them all behind and resolves to move on.

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