Title: Explication of Diane Thiel's "The Minefield"

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Subject: English
Author: Melinda C
Date: October 16, 2015
Level: University
Grade: A
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The faster boy is killed by a mine and his friend, just seconds behind, witnesses the whole thing. The second stanza is only two lines, "My father told us this, one night,/and then continued eating dinner." This stanza breaks up the chronology of the poem, pushing the previous stanza into the past, and making it disjointed, almost like another poem in itself...

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The result of the father continuing eating after he tells the story shows how dead he is inside, the recalling of the story no longer affecting him in the same way it does the reader and his own family. It is implied that he is the only one able to eat after telling the story. This short stanza foreshadows the father's personality change...

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