Clearing the air

This study guide will help you analyze the short story “Clearing the air” by Kathy Prokhovnik, which has been used for a written exam in English HF B on 17th of August 2022. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting and discussing it. 

Presentation of the text

Title: “Clearing the air” (2020) 
Author: Kathy Prokhovnik 
Genre: Short story

Kathy Prokhovnik is an Australian writer and editor. She has published many short stories in various magazines and online platforms and has received several awards. 

Excerpt from the study guide: 

Metaphors and similes

Deb’s son takes one of Lyn’s biscuits and holds it “like a precious thing” (l. 73). The simile showcases Deb’s situation, as she seems to have financial difficulties and she and her son might not have enough food to eat.

The snake that threatens the dog and Deb’s son has a body that is “as thick as a child’s arm” (l. 106). The simile highlights the dangerous situation Deb’s son puts himself in when he tries to get the dog away from the snake ...

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Clearing the air

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