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What are three examples of foreshadowing in the first six pages of "The Birds"?  

At the beginning of the story, Nat Hocken is at work on break, watching the birds. He thinks about their feeding behavior, which he describes as "without hunger, without desire." Perhaps, thought...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2017 4:43 pm UTC

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In "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier, what are some details that suggest that an evil force might be directing the...

We experience the story from the point of view of Nat, who is intimately aware of the normal rhythms of nature in his area. As we watch what is going on with him, we come to share his deep sense...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2017 8:05 pm UTC

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What do the birds symbolize in "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier?

In "The Birds," the birds symbolize the uninhibited and unbridled power of nature. This is shown most clearly in their violent and repeated attacks on humans. In one incident, the birds attack Nat...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2016 4:16 pm UTC

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What is the theme of the story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier? 

One theme in Daphne’s “The Birds” is a struggle to survive, to live. Nat’s family is one of the first in his area to experience an attack by a large number of birds. First, Nat fights off about...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2018 2:18 pm UTC

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What are three instances in "The Birds" in which a character behaves ignorantly or endangers themselves or others?

The first instance of ignorance in "The Birds" is when Nat makes the assumption that the birds attacked him and his family because they were looking for shelter. When Jill points that the birds...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2019 5:10 pm UTC

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In "The Birds" what do the birds symbolize in this story?

Many have argued over the years that the birds represent the power of nature and mankind's stubborn inability to recognize the power of nature. Throughout the story, the characters are at the mercy...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2017 5:10 am UTC

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What is the setting of the short story "The Birds" by Daphne Du Maurier?

The setting of Daphne du Maurier's short story, "The Birds," is the Cornish coast of England in autumn during the threat of Cold War in the 1950's and 1960's. This time of year is appropriate to...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2016 10:13 pm UTC

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Do you think the scene at the Triggs's foreshadows what will happen to Nat and his family, or do you think they will...

Much as I liked the tenacity and resourcefulness of Nate's character in "The Birds" (1951), the chances of him and his family making it alive out of the apocalypse in the story seem bleak. Although...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019 2:36 pm UTC

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What would be the climax in the book "The Birds"?

The climax in any story is the turning point in the story. It's the moment when the conflict has reached its greatest point of intensity and the moment when the resolution is in sight. The reader...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015 1:21 am UTC

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What are some symbols in "The Birds" by Daphne Du Maurier?

In "The Birds," Du Maurier employs a number of symbols. Here are a few to consider: The gun symbolises how man underestimates the power of nature. Mr Trigg thinks that shooting the birds will be...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2016 7:09 pm UTC

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What are some imagery quotes from "The Birds?"

Imagery is description that uses the five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Imagery helps place readers in a scene, as if they were watching it in a movie. Some examples of imagery...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2019 2:14 am UTC

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What's the main difference between the film adaptation of The Birds and the original story?

Interestingly, though they are related, the film and the original story have different themes. The film is not a direct adaptation of the original book, which features a family fighting for their...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019 4:33 pm UTC

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What is the mood of "The Birds"?

When the story begins, the mood is calm and serene. This is created by the description of Nat Hocken, sitting on the edge of a cliff and enjoying nature as he eats his lunch. The mood quickly...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2016 4:38 pm UTC

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Identify an external conflict in "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier.

The most demonstrative external conflict in the work is between Nat and the Birds. This is external in nature as it pits two forces against one another. Nat is experiencing a fundamental external...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2013 1:15 pm UTC

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What are some examples of irony in "The Birds" by Daphne Du Maurier?

There are a number of examples of irony in Du Maurier's story, "The Birds." One of the most striking can be found in the fate of Mrs Trigg, the farmer's wife. She demonstrates scepticism towards...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2016 8:57 am UTC

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What is the theme of "The Birds"?

Daphne du Maurier's 1952 short story "The Birds" (part of a volume of short stories titled The Apple Tree; "The Birds" was actually written in 1951, but was first published as part of this...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2016 4:48 am UTC

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In the short story "The Birds," what do the silent radio and the burning cigarette symbolize? 

The silent radio and the burning cigarette can also be interpreted as symbols of man's struggle to survive. The silent radio, for example, is a stark reminder that in the fight against the birds,...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2016 6:34 pm UTC

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In "The Birds," why did the birds attack?

This is a mystery that is never fully solved in the story. What Nat and others assume at the beginning, before the bird attacks become too serious, is that the birds are acting in such strange ways...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2013 5:17 am UTC

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What is the metaphor in Daphne Du Maurier's short story The Birds?

Daphne Du Maurier's short story The Birds was a reaction to the fears faced by the British and others in the years following World War II, which saw England heavily bombed by Germany, and the...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 5:16 pm UTC

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How does the use of personification affect the narration of the story "The Birds"?

"The Birds" is a horror-thriller novelette (a short novel) written by the English author and playwright Daphne Du Maurier and published in 1952 in her first collection of stories entitled The Apple...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2020 7:29 pm UTC

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At what time of year do the events in this story take place?

Yes, the short story "The Birds" takes place after World War II. The year is not certain, but it's probably within a year or two after the war. We know this because the story begins by describing...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2015 10:10 am UTC

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What are some internal conflicts of Nat Hocken?

In the story "The Birds," by Daphne du Maurier, Nat Hocken finds himself in a situation filled with conflict of virtually every nature. The internal conflict facing Hocken is a driving force for...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2010 2:52 am UTC

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What is the exposition of "The Birds?"

The exposition or setting up of the scene and the background of The Birds happens fairly quickly. We learn that it is December 3rd when the story opens, and that Nat Hocken is the protagonist. Due...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018 9:50 pm UTC

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In Daphne du Maurier's story, "The Birds," how do specific details add to the suspense?

Perhaps in Daphne du Maurier's story, "The Birds," what she describes is more important than what her characters say, by way of adding to the story's overall suspense. Dialogue is general a source...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2011 10:02 am UTC

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In "The Birds," what is the resolution and the denouement?

In "The Birds," the resolution of the story comes when Nat realises that he and his family are alone and helpless against the attacking birds. He realises this when the wireless does not play the...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2016 7:29 pm UTC

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How do other people react to the birds in the story "The Birds"?

When Nat Hocken’s house is first attacked by the birds, he thinks that the birds have been driven from upcountry by the difficult weather and that they have attacked because they are hungry and...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018 1:43 pm UTC

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In The Birds, how does Jim react to the birds?

In the story, Jim is the cowman; both Nat and Jim work for the farmer, Mr. Trigg. When Nat asks Jim whether he has had any trouble with the birds, Jim brushes Nat off. Nat then begins to describe...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2016 3:13 pm UTC

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In "The Birds," how do the BBC radio announcements create suspense as the story progresses?

At first, Nat and his wife derive some comfort from the announcements over the wireless, as these announcements inform him and his wife about what is going on. The wireless broadcasts also provide...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2017 1:24 pm UTC

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How is Nat Hocken a hero in the story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier?

Nat Hocken's a hero because he's willing to do whatever it takes to protect his family from the murderous flock of birds that's descended upon the village. Unlike his neighbors, he takes the birds'...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019 6:53 am UTC

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In The Birds, on December 3, two apparently minor incidents occur—one involving the farmer and the other involving...

The incidents that occur on December 3rd are both changes in the birds's regular behavior and the number of them. Nat and the farmer both notice the changes and remark on them without much fanfare...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2018 4:37 pm UTC

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In The Birds by Daphne du Maurier, how does Nat describe the birds' behavior after the first attack?

In Daphne du Maurier's short story The Birds, Nat Hocken has been slightly bewildered by the strange behavior of the region's bird. Nat observes the birds' seeming restlessness and their apparent...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2015 2:58 am UTC

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What are some gothic elements used in the story "The Birds"?

Daphne Du Maurier’s short story “The Birds” includes many gothic elements. Gothic literature typically explores intense fear and human emotions in life or death situations. Du Maurier’s story is a...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2020 11:27 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of the burning of the cigarette package in the last scene of "The Birds"?

At the end of "The Birds," Nat throws his empty cigarette packet onto the fire and watches it burn. This moment is indeed symbolic: that the packet is empty, for example, signifies that humankind...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2016 12:43 pm UTC

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What kind of person is Nat in "The Birds"? 

Nat Hocken is very aware of and connected to nature. He is the first person, for example, who notices the change in the birds' behaviour on December third. Nat is also dependable and reliable:...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2016 8:30 pm UTC

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In the story "The Birds," how would you describe the narrator of the story and his family?

Nate Hocken is not the narrator of this story. The story is told using third-person narration, from Nate Hocken's point of view. I would describe Nate Hocken as an older retired man who works...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 4:36 pm UTC

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What are a list of important symbolic phrases from "The Birds" by Daphne Du Maurier?

The opening of the story contains symbolism. Du Maurier uses the opening of the story to indicate a theory of correspondence, a connection between the weather and impending dramatic elements in...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2014 12:29 am UTC

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In Daphne Du Maurier's short story, "The Birds," what word describes Nat and his family's need for communication with...

In "The Birds," we can describe Nat and his family's need for outside communication as imperative. This is clearly shown by Nat's attitude to the wireless bulletin. Once he realizes that the birds...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2018 9:10 am UTC

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In Daphne du Maurier's story, "The Birds," how does Nat's sighting of masses of gulls riding the sea foreshadow...

In terms of Daphne duMaurier's story "The Birds," I would look at the massing gulls riding the waves in two ways. On a simple level, as the bird mass upon the rising waves, the reader is given the...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2011 8:12 am UTC

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What is the setting of Daphne Du Maurier's short story The Birds?  What does the author say about council houses?

The story is set in Cornwall, a territory that juts out like a leg from the southwest of England, forming a peninsula. The story's author, Du Maurier, lived in Cornwall, and her work is strongly...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 5:32 pm UTC

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What is a main message that Daphne du Maurier is trying to convey by writing this short story, "The Birds?"

I would say that one of the primary messages of Du Maurier's work is to underscore the fundamental capacity to endure and to survive as one of the basic characteristics of humanity. The birds seek...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2012 9:41 am UTC

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Complete the ending of the story "The Birds" and also come up with a unique reason why the birds acted that...

A possible resolution and denouement would be that once Mitch leaves his hometown with his family and Marion, the birds' attacks heighten in violence and they end up exterminating one another....

Latest answer posted November 7, 2008 8:34 pm UTC

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What does the author want to suggest about the in the end of her short novel The Birds?

Feeding into much of the fearful atmosphere of the world stage after World War II, the story's conclusion brings to light the belief that the birds will overcome civilization. The bird attacks...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2011 2:38 am UTC

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Who is the protagonist in The Birds?

Nat Hocken is the protagonist.  Nat tries to protect his family from the murderous birds.  You can learn more about this character and others by visiting the link below. 

Latest answer posted August 1, 2007 10:56 am UTC

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In "The Birds," Nat keeps trying to find a rational explanation for the bird's behaviour. What is the explanation...

When the birds attack Nat's home, he develops a rational explanation as he tries to make sense of this violent and unexpected behaviour. As he tells his wife, Jill, he believes that a change in the...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2016 8:40 pm UTC

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In "The Birds," why are the birds so destructive?

While it's never conclusively determined why the birds are acting strangely, the main theory mentioned in the story is a change in the wind and weather. When the birds start attacking Nat's house,...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2019 3:13 am UTC

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What are some  short quotes about Man vs Nature, Communism and War in "The Birds" by Daphne Du Maurier? 

War quotes The situation depicted in this story consciously recalls wartime. The constant aerial attacks by the birds engender a siege mentality in the humans. Nat and his family are obliged to...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2014 1:46 pm UTC

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In what year does the story The Birds take place? 

I don't believe du Maurier (the author) tell us that, so we can probably assume it takes place in the present, which would have been 1951 or 1952 (it was published in '52).Check the links below for...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2007 2:51 am UTC

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How does Nat personify his foe in "The Birds"?

The birds that form such an implacable enemy to Nat and his family are personified throughout this terrifying short story, but you might like to consider the following examples of adjectives that...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2011 4:08 pm UTC

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According to the narrator, how does Nat spend his days in the beginning of "The Birds"? 

In the beginning of "The Birds," the narrator introduces Nat Hocken, a disabled veteran, and informs the reader how he spends his working day. He works for Mr Trigg, the farmer, three days per week...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 7:48 am UTC

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What information do Nat and his wife get from the radio in "The Birds"?

After the intense and frightening night they had, Nat and his wife receive information via the radio that birds had been acting strangely all over England. This strange news must come as a relief...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2020 11:17 am UTC

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