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The Shawl

"The Shawl" is set in Europe during the Holocaust. We see a mother, Rosa, and her two girls, Stella and Magda, on a death march and then in a concentration camp. The story has the atmosphere of a...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019, 9:50 pm (UTC)

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The Shawl" by Cynthia Ozick takes place during World War II. The Holocaust supplies the historical context for the story. The Nazis have taken over much of Europe with most of the Jewish...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2013, 1:28 pm (UTC)

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The shawl is symbolic of the Jewish tallitt, a prayer shawl worn when Jews go to synagogue. When a Jewish person puts on the tallitt, he is wrapping himself with the commandments of the Bible....

Latest answer posted March 3, 2008, 4:50 am (UTC)

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It is hard to believe that Rosa Lubin was able to keep her baby Magda secluded in the concentration camp for almost a year. Magda was dehydrated and starving despite Rosa giving her most of her...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2012, 3:59 pm (UTC)

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An argument can be made that in the narrative of "The Shawl," the baby Magda is the protagonist. A working definition for Cynthia Ozick's character named Magda as the protagonist is as follows: A...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2017, 10:33 pm (UTC)

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The lesson is that the Holocaust is terrible in ways big and small, and human nature contains both the depths of kindness and horror. The story is about a mother who hides her baby from the Nazis...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2013, 11:56 pm (UTC)

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The greatest irony in Cynthia Ozick's powerfully poignant story lies in the fact that the protagonist, Rosa, takes care of a child (Magda) who seems to be the progeny of a member of the same race...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2018, 8:37 am (UTC)

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One should be careful of hunting for symbols. The enotes Study Guide on "The Shawl" gives an excellent summary of how critics have attempted to proclaim symbols in the story, which the author...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2010, 7:41 am (UTC)

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A good thesis, or overall main idea, for Cynthia Ozick's short story "The Shawl" is that physical and mental oppression could drain the life out of a person, but no oppression would never drain the...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012, 4:10 am (UTC)

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Obviously, because the story is about the Holocaust, the settings on both a road of exile and within a concentration camp are necessary elements of it. We are actually not told the exact location...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2019, 2:44 am (UTC)

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Cynthia Ozick’s “The Shawl” tells the story of three characters caught in the horror of the Holocaust. The characters involved are Rosa; the baby, Magda; and Rosa’s niece, Stella, a fourteen year...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012, 4:11 am (UTC)

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Cynthia Ozicks’s short story "The Shawl," first published in 1980, depicts the suffering endured during the Holocaust by focusing on three characters—Rosa, Stella, and baby Magda—in two main...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2019, 7:16 pm (UTC)

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“Then Stella took the shawl away and made Magda die.” The horrors found in “The Shawl” by Cynthia Ozick culminate in man’s inhumanity to man. During World War II, the Nazis removed people from...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2013, 4:11 pm (UTC)

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The basic conflict in the story is that Rosa, a Jewish woman, has a baby, Magda, whom she must keep hidden from the Nazis. As she carries Magda on the march to the concentration camp, Rosa, who...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2008, 7:35 am (UTC)

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Essentially, the quote you ask about means that if one is deprived of a stimulating existence, one creates stimulation within one's mind. So if a person is trapped, say, in prison, or in a...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2010, 11:25 am (UTC)

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Cynthia Ozick, in The Shawl, provides the reader with a third person, omniscent and deeply moving account of Rosa, Magda and Stella's existence as they endure unspeakable misery at the hands of "a...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2014, 6:50 am (UTC)

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“The Shawl” by Cynthia Ozick imparts insight into the lives of three Polish Jews who try to survive in a concentration camp during World War II. The story is told in third person point-of-view...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012, 5:12 pm (UTC)

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Cynthia Ozick’s short story “The Shawl” connects the tones and moods of the story to particular types of days and particular types of natural settings. Another story that uses similar techniques –...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2011, 7:22 am (UTC)

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After her daughter Magda died, Rosa remained motivated to live by the memory of her daughter. Rosa did not scream when her daughter was thrown into the air and murdered by the Nazis. She knew that...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2013, 10:24 pm (UTC)

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In Cynthia Ozick’s story, Rosa is faced with an impossible dilemma. She must decide whether to pick up her screaming daughter, Magda, or fetch the shawl from which she has become inseparable....

Latest answer posted July 6, 2021, 5:41 am (UTC)

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In Cynthia Ozick’s short story “The Shawl,” imagination functions in various ways in the life of Rosa, a mother who is trying to look after her two daughters – Magda (an infant) and Stella (an...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011, 1:29 pm (UTC)

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Cynthia Ozick powerfully evokes the hardships that Jews experienced in Nazi-controlled Europe without specifying the characters’ nationality or race or identifying the setting. The characters are...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019, 6:28 pm (UTC)

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There are variety of main points and themes the author explores in “The Shawl.” The theme of survival becomes apparent through each character’s interaction with the shawl throughout the story....

Latest answer posted October 26, 2021, 1:59 pm (UTC)

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