What are some memorable quotes and their significance from the story?

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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Throughout Daphne du Maurier's "The Birds," there are many memorable quotes.  The inclusion of each of these quotes contributes to the overall tone of the setting, as well as many other aspects of the piece.  Du Maurier does an excellent job of using elements such as dialogue and detail to heighten a sense of suspense and impending danger in the story.

At one point near the beginning of the story, Nat Hocken begins to encounter the violent aviaries and explains to his wife that the birds were attempting to enter their home.  His wife, who is extremely sleepy, doubts the truth of what he says and attempts to dismiss the idea.  Nat does not appreciate her reaction.

"I'm not making it up," he said, angry at her suggestion.  "I tell you the birds were on the sill, trying to get into the room."

This quote is significant in many ways.  First, Nat's understanding of the birds' intentions is important, since it prompts him to observe their strange actions and try to counteract accordingly.  In addition, the attitude exhibited by Nat's wife is reflective of the manner in which Nat's neighbors and others will react when Nat prompts them to protect themselves from the bloodthirsty creatures.

 

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