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Exploring Stories "The Flash"

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Ceilidhe Miller

on 3 October 2012

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Transcript of Exploring Stories "The Flash"

The Flash By: Italo Calvino Character Analysis Plot Setting Narrator: In the short story this character comes off as very anxious and crazy. But when we look into the author Italo Cavino's background we discover that during the time he wrote "The Flash" he was a part of the Italian communist resistance group (Garibaldi Bringades) against the Axis Army. We believe this had direct correlation in his pursuit to recruit citizens into the resistance. Also we believe his insanity and confusion comes from not understanding why his country would fight with the Axis Army. The Crowd: In the short story they are curious and confused by the narrator. They seem to be reacting normally to the narrators insanity by giving him angry looks. Through reading about Italo Calvino, he describes civilian life as a continuation of the partisan struggle. After knowing the time period and the situation he is actually the only sane one. The Flash Plot Graph Resolution In the Flash the setting is not made distinct;
although we found it was not originally titled
for it was a passage within a novel written by Calvin himself.
The short story takes place in Italy on one of the many city streets
which he describes in his novel. Calvino had written
this short story when he was a part of the
Italian communist resistance group during the war in 1972. Reader: We learn from this short story that we shouldn't just accept things for they way they are. If there is something in society or in life that we believe is wrong we should fight against it. This doesn't mean you should break the law or "question authority," there are some rules we will always have to follow. This story is trying to say that you should share your thoughts with the people around you to try to make a change. Authorial: He comes to the resolution that sometimes in life there are things in society that he wants to change and he can. But there also things in society that he can't change, that a little conformity helps prevent complete chaos Writing Style Italo Calvino's writing style was strongly influenced by the Italian neorealism movement that happened post World War Two. Neorealism symbolizes the cultural change and social progress that came about due the failing of Mussolini's government. The government tired to prevent this type of writing from happening because it was heavily about politics and their flaws. These stories and films were still produced underground for the poor to working class citizens. Symbolism

The Flash = The brief moment of clarity were we sees the major flaws in society

Uniforms = Conformity

Traffic Lights, Cars, Posters = Things in society we accept without really thinking about it.

Angry Looks = How society
views change and the people who want to change it. •Have you ever had the feeling?

•Uniforms, laws Theme Conformity is demonstrated in this passage when the
author describes“The Flash”. He begins by saying
“I stopped, blinked [and] suddenly understood nothing,
” (Calvino, 298) he explains how things he once
accepted suddenly made no sense. The theme is
more distinct near the end of the story when everything
goes back to "normal." The author depicts how society
has created us to act in a certain way, follow rules and
accepting how things are. The author steps out
of our built up society and claims “[he] did not understand
the reason[ing] for things or for people; it was all senseless,
absurd. [And he] laughed” (Calvino 298) at the end of the
passage the narrator later returns to reality. The message
involves how conformity has shaped the way we live
and has formed us as human beings. In the Flash the setting is not made distinct; although we found it was not originally titled for it was a passage within a novel written by Calvino himself. The short story takes place in Italy in one of the many street which he describes in his novel. Calvino wrote this short story when he was part of the Italian communist resistance group during the war in 1972.
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