This analysis of the short story “That Summer” by Safia Moore looks at its structure, which uses foreshadowing elements and a red herring that misleads readers about the climax of the story. 

The story features various characters, including the narrator, whose childhood experiences are the focus of the story. His traits as a child, such as innocence, curiosity, and a vivid imagination, are revealed in relationship with other characters such as his childhood friends or the woman he is fascinated with, Mrs Walsh.

The setting of the story shows readers aspect related to childhood life, conflict, and life in small communities  in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The Troubles were a time of violent conflicts between unionist and separatists. Unionists were Protestants who wanted Northern Ireland to continue as part of the UK. Separatists were Catholics who wanted the region to join Ireland.

The story has a first-person narrator. The story is told in retrospect, but the narrator’s younger self's point of view dominates the narrative.

The language used in the short story stands out through the use of colloquial words which make the characters sound more authentic and often creates irony. 

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