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Read 180. “The Birds” - Content. “The Birds”, Daphne du Maurier. Protagonist : Nat – a disabled war veteran, husband, father, part-time farmer Setting : early December, post-World War II, England (on a peninsula in the country)

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“The Birds” - Content

the birds daphne du maurier
“The Birds”, Daphne du Maurier
  • Protagonist: Nat – a disabled war veteran, husband, father, part-time farmer
  • Setting: early December, post-World War II, England (on a peninsula in the country)
  • Literary Elements: imagery, foreshadowing, description, suspense
  • Plot: Birds are behaving strangely without warning nor reason. As a result, Nat and his family are victimized.
  • Conflict: Birds, flocking together from different flocks, attack humans to the point of death and destruction. Nat knows no way to overcome the birds, and the country as a whole has been devastated.
  • Resolution: This is a suspenseful story – we are left without a clear one
protagonist main character
Protagonist – main character
  • Nat
  • A disabled war veteran
  • Husband
  • Father
  • Part-time farmer
setting time and place
Setting – time and place
  • Early December
  • Post World War II
  • England
  • On a peninsula (a body of land that is surrounded on 3-sides by water) in the countryside
literary elements in the story
Literary Elements in the Story
  • Imagery
  • Foreshadowing
  • Description
  • Suspense
plot story line events leading up to the main idea
Plot – story line (events leading up to the main idea)
  • Birds are behaving strangely without warning nor reason.
  • As a result, Nat and his family are victimized.
conflict struggle between opposing forces
Conflict – struggle between opposing forces
  • Birds, flocking together from different flocks, attack humans to the point of death and destruction.
  • Nat knows no way to overcome the birds, and the country as a whole has been devastated.
resolution resolving the conflict tying up loose ends
Resolution – resolving the conflict (tying up loose ends)
  • This is a suspenseful story – we are left without a clear one.
  • There is an inconclusive ending to the story.
  • We are left to decide for ourselves the fate of Nat and his family.