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Kelly Phillips
10/21 Discussion
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:19pm
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"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 interesting subject in history. The amount of power and support Hitler had gained by blaming people of different races, specifically members of the Jewish community, was substanstial. Germany was at its lowest, poorest state ever, and Hitler seen the opportunity to brainwash the desperate and starving people of Germany. There were things I liked and disliked about the story. Obviously I disliked the situation these victims were in, especially the innocent baby in this story. I did like the reality of this story, I think this story did a really amazing job of allowing the reader to visualize and understand Rosa's thought process such as when she was describing how she wish she could hand her baby off to an innocent bystander. My main reason for liking the story is because of how well I think it captured the situation the family was in even though no words could entirely capture what these innocent people were going through. The details in the story were very weary, the way the writer talked about how thin they were and their emaciated bodys being light as if there feet were not touching the ground. Rosa described how she was aware and superparanoid about people eating Magda, even stella. Stella stole Madga's shawl which triggered Madgas death in a sense although the chances of her surviving were nonexistant. People become a lot less like people when they are not treated as such. It is amazing the extremes someone would have to be pushed to in order to eat a 14 month old baby. I liked the part of the story that described Madgas eyes as tiger's eyes. Her pure eyes were innocent and constantly observing her surroundings. I thought the fact that Madge was so malnurioushed and underdeveloped that she was usually mute was tragic. Rosa hid, protected, and tried to feed her baby from her soar, cracked, dried out nipples. Rosa did everything in her power, which wasn't much, to keep her baby alive and hidden from guards. When I was reading the story, I knew that Madga was going to die; however, I didn't expect her to be thrown by a guard into an electrified fence. The most depressing part about the holocaust, was the animilistic was in which is caused the nazis(supporters of the holocaust) and even the victims themselves, to act.

  • 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
    • 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
      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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