And the Children Shall Rise

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Choose one of the following reflection topics for the short story, “And the Children Shall Rise”

1. One of the most revealing types of conflict occurs when a character’s inner struggles are resolved at great personal price. Often, the character learns a lesson, but too late to help himself/herself or another character. Explain how, in “And the Children Shall Rise”, a character struggles but fails to learn a lesson in time, and thus, serves as an example for the reader. In your reflection, focus on the conflict within the character. Be sure to include the price paid as part of the resolution and the lesson to be learned.

2. Authors often use ambiguous details, or purposely not telling us all the details, for several purposes. In this reflection, explain how the author built a sense of mystery or used suspense in the story, “And the Children Shall Rise”. You should write one body paragraph about each particular aspect of the story, (plot, character, suspense) for each of the three body paragraphs.

3. What do you think the theme, or main message, is of the short story, “And the Children Shall Rise”? What is the main message that the author was trying to leave us with? In your introduction, state the theme of the story, and then in a few paragraphs explain how the theme is developed using specific examples of scenes from the story in which the author develops the theme.

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