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Structure, Form and Language:

Pathetic Fallacy ­ "they have cold weather." "Cold; tempest;"
Typical gothic convention. The cold weather reflects "cold hearts" and foreshadows the
insensitivity of the little girl to her grandmother's death.

Repetition ­ "they" is repeated several times in the third paragraph, showing a clear separation

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Critique of Old Traditions and Superstitions:
This is a credible interpretation because the tone of the narrator is sarcastic and cynical (e.g.
"whose black cat, oh, sinister!"). This is further supported by the idea of the young girl
breaking away from tradition and straying from the path she has been…


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