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The passage Chills takes place in a dark, desolate field in the dead of night during the winter time. The passage begins by describing a man and his donkey in first person

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Christine Rafie Mr. Falcon per. 7 Chills Analysis The passage ?Chills? takes place in a dark, desolate field in the dead of night during the winter time. The passage begins by describing a man and his donkey in first person, travelling through a series of meadows and fields and forests in the dead of night, and the author personifies the ?round and pure? moon as ?coming with? them, representing that through the darkness and weariness of their night travelling, the man and Platero are being watched over and protected by a higher being, and that higher being is holy and pure and shines down white light onto them in order to keep them out of harm?s way and on the right track. The passage then goes on to allude to something from the child?s story of The Wizard of Oz, by describing some ?drowsy meadows?, suggesting ...read more.

Middle

The referral to a big almond tree ?snowy with blossoms and moonlight? is very significant because almond trees on their own are representative of God?s promises to his people, and by expressing this specific almond tree to be ?immense? and ?mingling with a white cloud? and ?sheltering the path from arrows shot by March stars?, it gives off the sense that this tree is representing God and his powerful promises to protect those who trust in him, and also suggests that no matter how deep into the darkness and fear and sin one is, there is always someone protecting and watching over them, even if they didn?t see it at first. The asyndeton that is present next in the passage is significant in that it elucidates the choppiness and loneliness of this part of the story, and suggests that there is no real indicator of time in this sense. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the story, as Platero ?breaks into a trot, steps into the stream, steps upon the moon and breaks it to pieces,? it represents how Platero (representing the innocence and purity of a wise donkey) realizes that the moon he sees in the water is simply a reflection of the world?s portrayal of the real moon, and therefore lacks any of the purity and surety of the real moon. This ultimately relates to the human search for the truth, and the rite of passage as one loses their innocence when they become more aware of reality and the dangers of the traps of the world. The entire passage is full of duality ad antithetical elements, including cold vs. warmth, light vs. dark, natural vs. supernatural, fear vs. faith, instinct vs. reason, and human instinct vs. animal instinct. The beginning of the story is very dark, cold and alone, while it ends with warmth, light, and the company of the village. ...read more.

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