Analysis

The analysis of the short story “The Escape” by Qaisra Shahraz shows that it follows a linear plot structure. The narrative contains several flashbacks which explain the main character’s life and give more information about his current thoughts and feelings. 

The main character is Samir, a Pakistani man who moved to England when he was young. He is trying to escape to a different place and does not know exactly where his home is. 

The physical setting is England and Pakistan. The time setting is during and immediately after the festival of Eid al-Fitr. The social setting explores immigration and poverty. 

The story is told from the point of view of a third-person narrator, who has access to Samir’s thoughts and feelings. We see things mainly from Samir’s perspective, although occasionally, the narrator offers insight into the thoughts and feelings of other characters as well.

The language is formal, reflecting the main character’s worldview. There are several Pakistani words which give the story its local color. 

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