Structure

The short story “The Escape” by Qaisra Shahraz begins in medias res with Samir praying at the mosque. It is a prayer for escape which he will repeat several times throughout the narrative. The prayer foreshadows the main character’s attempts to escape to a place he can belong. 

Another example of foreshadowing in the story is the conversation between Samir and his family in England, where he states that he wants to go home to Pakistan (p. 4, ll. 3-7), and his children are surprised at this. This conversation is echoed later, when Samir suddenly tells his brother’s family that he wants to go home to England (p. 11, ll. 8-9), and he is met with a similar reaction. 

There are several flashbacks throughout the story. As he waits for his son to pick h...

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