That Summer

This study guide will help you analyse the text “That Summer” by Safia Moore. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. 

In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message, and we will help you put the text into perspective.

Presentation of the text

Title: “That Summer” (2015)
Author: Safia Moore
Genre: Short story

Safia Moore is a writer and editor from Northern Ireland. She has a Ph.D. in Irish poetry and has published texts in many different genres.

Her short story "That Summer" received the Bath Short Story Award in 2015.


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The title of Safia Moore’s short story, “That Summer”, sparks curiosity because it does not reveal much of the plot. It only suggests the events happened sometime in the past, during a summer. Reading the story shows the plot revolves around the death of Mrs Walsh, a Catholic woman living in a Protestant town in Northern Ireland, presented from the point of view of a local boy.

The title is linked to how the story begins and ends. The story begins with the phrase from the title and announces the narrator’s prediction: “That summer, I was sure someone would die” (l.1). The opening line is straightforward and foreshadows the main event of the story. The story also ends with a reference to the phrase ‘that summer’, giving the story a circular structure: “It was that summer. There were trees to climb, a stream to jump, and hours to go before teatime.” (ll. 122-123)

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