Structure

The short story “A Raven Flies South” by Gord Bruyere begins with a short introduction which presents the setting. The description sets the mood of the story and highlights the connection between the raven flying across the sky and the main character, whose name is also Raven (p. 21, l. 12). The story has a circular structure, as Raven sets off from the house at the beginning and prepares to enter the house again at the end.

One example of foreshadowing in the story is that the birds “will have other voices to feed, just like he will soon” (p. 21, ll. 4-5). This foreshadows that Raven has to return to prepare breakfast for the other children before they leave for school. The sprinkling of the cereals over the river as an offering to his dead ...

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