The Late Twentieth Century: 1960-2000 - Short Fiction

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Discuss the cross-cultural tensions experienced in “Sandpiper” and their repercussions on the protagonist’s life.

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It is clear that the narrator of this excellent short story has found cross cultural conflict to be one of the major reasons that has led to her position now in the story as one who is trapped on the fringes of the society of which she is a part, unable to return to her home but unable to enter fully into the culture of her husband and daughter. The impact of this cross cultural conflict is of course embodied in the powerful symbol of the sandpiper, the bird that dwells on the edge of the sea between...

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