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Logan Justice
Discussion 10/21
Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:02am
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My initial reaction to the story “The Shawl” was that it was a very depressing story. The fact that a child, or anyone for that matter, had to suffer like that is just absolutely terrible and unimaginable. Despite the fact that it was a sad story, I like the fact that Magda had her “Magic Shawl” to keep her safe, in a sense. It was nice that the shawl could nourish her, seeing as she was a baby and needed food. It was also really sweet how concerned Rosa was for her baby’s well-being instead of her own. She did not let anyone come near the shawl, out of fear they would see Magda and shoot them both. The thing I did not like was how bitchy the sister was, Stella. She was concerned for herself, and herself only. I mean I understand that she was young and just wanted to survive because she was cold and hungry, but wanting your baby sister to die is a bit sinister. It was also sad that a mother had to endure all of this worrying and pain by herself, with no husband with her to help hide or take care of her children. However, given their situation, I think that it was appropriate for Stella to be envious of her baby sister. Since this story’s setting was at the time of the the Holocaust, I think it captured, sadly, a typically story for a Jewish family living during this time. Most of the stories told during this time are depressing and do not have a happy ending to them, like this one. Granted there are some stories of people that made it through the Holocaust, but this is definitely not one of them. The author did a good job of painting the picture of how brutal times were for Jews living during the Holocaust. They had little food to eat, crammed places to sleep, lice all over their body, and absolutely no freedom what so ever. It breaks my heart to read that a mother knew she could not run after her child about to be thrown into an electric fence because she would be shot dead herself. Rosa knew she couldn’t even scream out in agony to weep for her died baby because the officers would shoot her. All of this is just terrible and sad, but I like learning about it. Overall I liked this story, not for the sadness, but for the reason that life if not like that for the Jews now and that the world has come, sort of, a far way since this time period.

  • 10/21 Discussion - Andy Bates, Thu Oct 20 6:27pm
    What is your reaction to the story "The Shawl"? What did you like or dislike? How well do you think it captured the situation the family was in?
    • Discussion Board 10/21 - Bethany Alder, Fri Oct 21 4:36pm
      My reaction was that I started crying four paragraphs into it. Cynthia Ozick, the author, certainly has the gift of evoking strong emotion in her readers. I find it really difficult to use the words... more
      • Re: Discussion Board 10/21 - Anonymous, Tue Jan 8 9:29pm
        "Magda lived to walk" portrays hopelessness because after she walked, she would die.
    • Discussion 10/21 - Kurt McPherson, Fri Oct 21 4:11pm
      I was kind of shocked by the whole story. The Shawl is all about two jewish girls carrying a german baby in a shawl as they are escorted to a concentration camp. The star that is sewn on their... more
    • 10/21 - Taylor Stevenson, Fri Oct 21 4:02pm
      My reaction to “The Shawl” was that of sadness. The details were so specific that you could picture nearly everything Ozick describes in your mind. The line that caught my attention was about the... more
    • 10/21 Discussion - Nam Thai, Fri Oct 21 3:45pm
      I thought that the story “The Shawl” was very interesting. I liked the story for a couple reasons. I enjoyed this story because I have always had a liking for holocaust stories, such as “Night” and... more
    • "The Shawl" - Tiffany LeMay, Fri Oct 21 3:44pm
      Personally I thought that the short story “The Shawl” was going to melt my heart extremely but that’s not the effect I ended up getting. The first time that I read it, it was very difficult to... more
    • Re: 10/21 Discussion - casey olevsky, Fri Oct 21 3:30pm
      My reaction to the story “The Shawl” was very negative. I thought the content of the story was very weird and left me somewhat confused. I thought it was an interesting topic and a very original... more
    • 10/21 Discussion - Brandan Murrell, Fri Oct 21 3:26pm
      The story “The Shawl” was extremely depressing to say the least. I can’t say that I liked the story just because of the topic and what happened in the story but I loved the way the author, Cynthia... more
    • 10/21 Discussion - Kelly Phillips, Fri Oct 21 3:19pm
      "The Shawl" was a very depressing yet realistic tale of the conditions which victims of the Holocaust lived in back in the earlier 1900s. I have always found the Holocaust to be one of the most... more
    • discussion 10/21 - kai chatman, Fri Oct 21 3:14pm
      The Shawl” was a very sad story. Although I knew what the ending would be, I was very intrigued while reading it. I think the author did a very good jobi n showing what kind of situation they were... more
    • 10/21 Discussion - Bowin Yem, Fri Oct 21 3:14pm
      I liked the Shawl because it was deep and thought provoking to the point that I had to read it twice to get a firm grasp of it. It was interesting how Magda had blond hair and blue eyes, the looks of ... more
    • Re: 10/21 Discussion - Jacob Evans, Fri Oct 21 3:05pm
      The Shawl Rosa, her infant daughter Magda, and her fourteen year old niece Stella are Polish Jews interned in a concentration camp -- "a place without pity" during World War II. Miraculously the... more
    • Discussion 10/21 - Katherine Faucette, Fri Oct 21 2:44pm
      I thought that “The Shawl” by Cynthia Ozick was a very emotional story. It was very, very sad yet I liked it. I felt so sorry for the family in the story. I can’t imagine the fear and pain that the... more
    • 10/21 Discussion - Melissa Miller, Fri Oct 21 2:29pm
      When I think of the word “shawl” I think of the piece of cloth which is not cut clean and is made for a woman to carry around her shoulder for warmth [and sometimes for fashion]. This story did not... more
    • 10/21 discussion :) - Amanda Roy, Fri Oct 21 2:07pm
      Let me start out with saying wow…that was the saddest story I have ever read in my entire life. I don’t even know how to react to it. From the details in the story, one could gather that this took... more
    • 10/21 Discussion - Ashten Bergstedt, Fri Oct 21 1:27pm
      The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick was a very powerful story. My reaction was one of deep sadness because the story is so lifelike. Just the thought of someone going through the pain of what the protagonists ... more
    • Online discussion 10-21 - Bea Breeden, Fri Oct 21 12:47pm
      This story was indeed very, very sad. I liked reading it but it was upsetting to me to see what they went through. However, the truth is that the holocaust was not a very happy time. That is the one... more
    • Re: 10/21 Discussion - Jennifer Emrey, Fri Oct 21 12:01pm
      Although this story was really sad and depressing, I still liked reading it. The author does a very good job at describing everything that is happening and it really painted a good picture of what... more
    • Oct. 21,2011 - Rosalyn Swain, Fri Oct 21 11:57am
      My reaction to the story was just shock. I was appalled by the fact that people actually went through this. This mother and her two daughter one which is 14 and who is jealous of the infant because... more
    • 10/21 Discussion - Haley Currie, Fri Oct 21 11:45am
      I did not like the story “The Shawl”. It was written well, however I did not like the storyline at all. It was too depressing and sad. This story didn’t have any positivity or uplifting moments... more
    • 10/21 Discussion - Heather Burney, Fri Oct 21 11:15am
      My reaction to “The Shawl” was that it was tremendously sad but also tremendously good. I really loved this story. I loved the descriptions and the way the author seemed to paint an extremely graphic ... more
    • 10/21 Discussion - Luke Fiorini, Fri Oct 21 10:24am
      The story "The shawl" was one of the saddest stories that I have ever read. I could not imagine being in this situation, let alone having to take care of a baby when you don’t even have enough food... more
    • 10/21 Discussion - Steven Byrd, Fri Oct 21 10:08am
      English 1000 10/21 Discussion After reading “The Shawl”, I was really unsure of how to feel. My reaction to the story was a sense of confusion, pain, sympathy, and shock. There were a variety of... more
    • 10/21 Discussion - Travis Hayes, Fri Oct 21 9:16am
      In the story the Shawl I liked it because it was a non-fiction story informing the audience of the historical time of the holocaust. It tells about a mother, Rosa, her newborn child, Magda and Rosa’s ... more
    • 10/21 Discussion - Dakota Bunn, Fri Oct 21 9:05am
      The story Shawl written by Cynthia Ozick was not one I liked. No story or movie or anything can make me cry or feel bad, I grew up where we had to read about the Holocaust and many events of slaves... more
    • Discussion 10/21 - Logan Justice, Fri Oct 21 9:02am
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