anxiety

Topics: Sarah Lawrence College, Short story, Grace Paley Pages: 1 (390 words) Published: April 21, 2014
Anxiety
By Grace Paley

Speaker- First person limited (the lady in the window is telling the story but she also talks in third person when she is not in the scene as if she was observing them.) Occasion- Twentieth century outside of a school in April at 3pm during the depression Audience- For people who take things for granted and don’t realize what their doing might effect not only them but others Purpose- To show others those little situations of carelessness can affect one’s life (like when the father yells at the daughter) Subject- A lady and the daughters & fathers passing her house Tone- Dramatic irony because the lady in the window thinks differently from the fathers outside passing by her house

Sig. of the Title- In the story she seemed very worried about everything (the child’s “abusive” father, and the fathers heading towards a busy street.) Major Characters-
Rosie’s father: he would serve as an antagonist because he was arguing with the lady in the window Rosie: the child that the lady in the window was concerned about Lady in the window: she was the protagonist because she only wanted the child to be safe from her angry father Minor Characters-

The other fathers
Theme- Moral concern in society, in our age. She lectures the father that has put his child on the ground from his shoulders hard. She doesn’t want adults to act like madman because we need to make good examples for the children Symbols- The angry father is an example of the world. When people get angry, some become violent. Rosie is an example of the innocent, those who are hurt when other people don’t control their anger. Irony- The lady lectures the father and in the end the father has a change of heart to act better, to better himself and others, but as he gallops away from the other fathers they are heading to a busy intersection About the Author- Born in 1922, she is a native New Yorker that is strongly concerned with the urban community life. She has a highly praised...
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