Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories Questions and Answers
by Isaac Bashevis Singer

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"It [the snow] was so dense it shut out the light of day." For this quote from Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories, tell which sense each image appeals to. How does each image suggest danger?

The images in this quote appeal to the senses of touch and sight. The image of "dense" snow appeals to the sense of touch in that it suggests the heaviness of the snow and creates a feeling of entrapment. Likewise, the image of the "light of day" being "shut out" appeals to the sense of sight and highlights the fact that Aaron and Zlateh cannot see any threats that might lie ahead of them. 

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The sentence "It [the snow] was so dense it shut out the light of day" appeals to multiple senses, and in each case, it builds a sense of danger, entrapment, or suffocation.

"Dense" appeals to our sense of touch. Things that are "dense" are often heavy and thick. In the case of snow, dense snow is also often wet. It sticks to clothing, making clothes heavier; it's also hard to walk through, and it tends to stick to one's feet, making them even harder to lift.

"Light of day" appeals to our sense of sight. Generally speaking, humans feel safer when they can see things, especially outdoors. For most of human history, we've done most of our daily business in daylight and retreated inside when it got dark, because not being able to see what's out there in the darkness makes us nervous.

Here, the snow "shut out the light of day," taking away Aaron and Zlateh's ability to see the road ahead of them or even to tell where they are going—at one point, only the sudden feel of soft, plowed dirt under his feet warns Aaron that he's not on the road at all.

Aaron and Zlateh can't even see where they are, let alone where they're going. There's nowhere to hide from the darkness caused by the snow while they're in the middle of the road, halfway between their house and the butcher's.

Combined with the fact that the snow is also "dense," hard to push or walk through, the sensory details here create a sense of being trapped, which raises the sense of danger. Aaron and Zlateh can't see if anything threatens their safety, and even if they could, they might not be able to push through the snow to escape in time.

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