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In the Shadow of War

The rising action is everything that occurs after the introduction (or exposition) of a story and before its climax. In "In the Shadow of War," the climax occurs at the point the soldiers kill the...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2021, 3:50 am (UTC)

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Ben Okri’s short story about a young boy, about 11-years-old, curious about the nature of a mysterious woman who has been passing his house every afternoon with a black veil covering her head and...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2014, 4:28 pm (UTC)

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Well, the short answer to your question is that every quote is important - what we are presented with in short stories is a very concise choice of words carefully crafted together to achieve a...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2010, 8:22 am (UTC)

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It is clear that when the soldiers find the woman they have called a "spy" that they are very violent and threatening. Remember this is narrated using the third person limited point of view -...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2010, 8:22 am (UTC)

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Omovo has started noticing a strange woman wearing a black veil who walks past his house every day. Suitably intrigued, he tries to find out more about her. From a soldier he's able to glean the...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019, 6:55 am (UTC)

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In the Shadow of War

The short story "In the Shadow of War" by Ben Okri tells of a young boy's reaction to the visit of three soldiers to a Nigerian village. The soldiers are searching for a woman that they believe to...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2021, 5:25 pm (UTC)

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The word "katabasis" literally means "going down" in Greek. It is the opposite of an "anabasis," which originally referred to an expedition from the interior of a country to the coast, but came to...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2020, 8:32 am (UTC)

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In the Shadow of War

No, the full text is not available on line. Enotes, however, has a summary and study guide at the link below.

Latest answer posted October 24, 2007, 11:21 am (UTC)

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Omovo's feelings toward the soldiers evolve through the course of the story. His father has instructed him to refrain from listening to the radio (which offers news and details about the war)....

Latest answer posted August 7, 2019, 4:07 pm (UTC)

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Well, by the end of this excellent story it has very definitely touched him through his exposure to violence and murder and other terrifying activities that he has never been exposed to before....

Latest answer posted September 12, 2011, 8:33 pm (UTC)

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