This section highlights the main elements of our analysis of the story “Goldhawk” by Katherine Magyarody.

The story’s plot structure is linear. The story presents the story of a woman who has to deal with her colleagues’ sexist attitudes towards her.

The main character of the story is Dinara Akhmatova. She is a hardworking woman who chooses to protect herself by not sharing personal information with her colleagues. Dinara’s colleagues are secondary characters.

The events take place in North America. The social setting explores gender roles and the way they influence people’s expectations and behaviour. The social setting also reflects the situation of people who immigrate to a foreign country.

The events are described by an omniscient third-person narrator. The narrator is subjective, and the narration follows the main character’s stream of consciousness.

The story is told in a descriptive style, which includes descriptive language, metaphors, and personification. The style of writing is informal.

You can find a full analysis of the story in the following pages.

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Short story analysis

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