What are the slice of life characteristics in the short story ''A Day's Wait''? Give examples from the story of these characteristics.

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"Slice of life" refers to the realistic portrayal, in media and entertainment, of the mundanity of everyday life. There are a multitude of occurrences within "A Day's Wait " that characterize it as a slice-of-life story. For example, Schatz is experiencing a relatively high fever. Thus, his father decides...

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"Slice of life" refers to the realistic portrayal, in media and entertainment, of the mundanity of everyday life. There are a multitude of occurrences within "A Day's Wait" that characterize it as a slice-of-life story. For example, Schatz is experiencing a relatively high fever. Thus, his father decides to call a doctor to examine him. The doctor then prescribes three different medications to the boy. What follows is a series of mundane events: Schatz's father reads to the boy; Schatz's father gives the boy his medication; and Schatz's father goes outside to take their pet dog for a walk and hunt some quail.

Take note of Schatz's father's description of his surroundings while he's out hunting quail. There's really nothing extraordinary that occurs during his outing.

Overall, the events that unfold within the story are quite mundane and merely describe the humdrum of Schatz's, and his father's, everyday life.

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"SLICE OF LIFE" EXAMPLES FROM "A DAY'S WAIT"

  • Schatz closes the windows because it had gotten cold in the house during the night.
  • Schatz sits by the fireplace for warmth.
  • The doctor arrives to diagnose Schatz. Although unusual today, doctors often made house calls during much of the 20th century.
  • The father read pirate stories to his son while he was sick.
  • The father took his dog for a walk and did some hunting along the way.
  • Both the dog and the man had trouble walking on the slick ice, and both of them fell.
  • The father took the boy's temperature and gave him a glass of water.
  • Schatz misunderstands the temperature reading (confusing Fahrenheit with centigrade), and the father explains to him that his high temperature is actually normal for a bout with the flu.
  • The next day, Schatz slowly began to relax, but "he cried very easily at little things that were of no importance."
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