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What is interesting about this excellent story is the way that the normal chronological narrative is something that is disrupted through the use of flashbacks, which interrupt the narration of the story in the present and take it back to an earlier point in the past, before rejoining the present later on. A flashback is a literary device that is effective because it adds an emotional impact to the tale and helps us understand a character's past, which thus sheds light on how they are and why they are the way they are in the present.
In this story, there are actually two definite flashbacks, which narrate the accident that cost the mother the life of her first baby and then the second when the mother saved her daugher, the narrator, when their house was burning. Both serve to help us to understand the character of both of these important figures.
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