Structure

The short story “She Shall Not Be Moved” by Shereen Pandit has a linear plot structure. The events progress chronologically, from the moment the narrator and Mariam get on the bus until they go out for pizza later that day.

The story begins with a short introduction, in which the narrator lists a series of excuses for not standing up to several people (ll. 4-5). This acts as a narrative hook, creating expectations and interest in the readers to find out more. It also serves as a foreshadowing element.

There are other instances of foreshadowing as well. For instance, the white women “staring hard out of the window, pretending they haven’t heard a word of what’s going on, and if they did, it’s nothing to do with them” (ll. 29-30) foreshadows that lat...

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