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Katherine Faucette
Discussion 10/21
Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:44pm
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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 three of them went through while living in the concentration camp. I defiantly think the story captured the situation they were in. I know no one can truly understand or imagine the conditions of the concentration camps but “The Shawl” does a good job describing what they went through. I felt really sorry for the mother in the story, watching her children grow thinner and thinner. She just wanted to do the best she could to support and protect her children. Rosa gave up everything she had to her new baby Magda. She did everything she could just to watch her live another day. I feel like Magda was a little miracle in the story. She was always smiling even though she was deprived and hungry. After her mother had no more milk to give her, she turned to her shawl. She chewed and sucked on her shawl giving her the feeling like she was taking in something. Through all the pain and suffrage, she was oblivious. It was like Magda didn’t know any different than the conditions she was in. She was an inspiration to her mother. However, Stella, Magda’s sister, was quite selfish. I didn’t like Stella but loved her at the same time. I felt like she needed loving too. Her mother did what she had to do to help her but Magda obviously came first. When Stella took away Magda’s blanket I think that it wasn’t to be hateful or selfish as much it was that she was simply in dire need. She was using her instinct to do everything she could to survive, taking herself first. She was cold and simply wanted to warm herself and protect herself with the shawl. In the end, even though I felt sorry for Stella and saw where she was coming from, I was mad at her too. I couldn’t understand why she would do that to her little sister. I feel like she was old enough to know what could happen to her sister if she was exposed. The ending was unbearable. The death of a child is every parent’s worst nightmare however this story took that nightmare to a whole other level.

  • 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
    • 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
      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... more
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