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A Wall of Fire Rising

In both "Volar" and "A Wall of Fire Rising," the characters are impacted by their environments, and this is indeed reflected in setting, symbolism, and figurative language. The setting in "Volar"...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019, 10:12 pm (UTC)

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A Wall of Fire Rising

What does the hot air balloon symbolize? To the Assad son who buys the hot air balloon, it symbolizes a kind of whimsy that he can afford. Because the Assads are “eccentric Arabs” who also own the...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019, 1:42 am (UTC)

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Edwige Dandicat’s story is set in Haiti, in a community of undetermined size. The protagonist, Guy, lives with his wife and son in a “shack,” which is apparently similar to other poorly constructed...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2020, 6:20 pm (UTC)

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In Edwidge Dandicat’s story, Guy had dreamed of getting away from their life of poverty, phrasing this dream as sailing: “I'd like to sail off somewhere and keep floating . . . . ” Although a fall...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2019, 2:47 am (UTC)

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“A Wall of Fire Rising” centers on a hot-air balloon that becomes the object of Guy’s obsession. The balloon, which is kept locked up in a field, haunts him day and night. The balloon symbolizes...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2020, 8:00 pm (UTC)

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One theme you might consider in "A Wall of Fire Rising" is the devastating effect of poverty. To analyze the way this theme is developed, you could examine the author's use of tone,...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2021, 3:19 am (UTC)

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In Edwidge Danticat’s story “A Wall of Fire Rising,” Guy and his wife Lili debate whether or not to put their son’s name on the list for the sugar mill because it takes so long to get a permanent...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2021, 3:54 pm (UTC)

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