Ice Break Theme

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Knowledge is a vast thing that keeps on expanding as time passes by. Some things you learned through books, though some things cannot be taught through books but through experience. There are things a person simply learns growing up in certain places. A person growing up by the seaside learns when to go for a swim and when the water is too dangerous, whilst a person living where the cold can kill you learns how to stay alive despite the cold weather. In places like the mentioned ones, the parent teaches their children certain things in order to prepare them for what is out there in the world and make sure, that they can survive should the time come. In the short story “Ice Break”, written by Astrid Blodgett in 2012, the reader is introduced…show more content…
Dawn mentions on several occasions how her parents are lacking in communication between them-selves and amongst their children. An example from the text could be, “He said he’d tried to talk to me and I just wasn’t receptive; and Mom said he had to get over it, he had to get over the idea that someone will be how you imagine them to be, and just accept them.” Dysfunctional families are an important theme as well, seeing that a family unable to understand one another and communicate properly will not be able to seek each other’s company and listen to their concerns. The structure in the short story “Ice Break” is built in a rather complex manner. There is a certain pattern use in its structure, which could be described as an A-B paragraph system. The A paragraphs take place in the present when Dawn is on the frozen lake along with her father and sister, and the time where her father tries to save everybody. An example from the text could be, “We’re a long way out on the lake when the ice breaks. It’s late, after three, probably. The sun is low in the sky.” Whilst the A paragraphs are written in present tense, B paragraphs are written in past tense, meaning that the B paragraphs are seen as flash backs from earlier that day, and leading up to where the story begins. An example from the text could be, “Earlier, Dad had asked Mom to
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