This section highlights the main elements of our analysis of the story “Waiting for Spring” by Tamara Jones.

The story’s structure is linear and features narrative techniques such as backstories and foreshadowing. The story presents William’s struggle as a homeless man who suffers from a terminal illness.

The main character of the story is William. His friends Albert, Jerry, and Captain are secondary characters. William maintains close relationships with the other homeless people in his area and seems to have a hostile attitude towards the people who are not homeless and who has mistreated or ignored him.

The events take place in the United Kingdom. The social setting explores issues in contemporary society, such as homelessness and stigmatisation.

The events are described by an omniscient third-person narrator. The narrator is reliable and objective.

The story is told in a descriptive style, which includes descriptive language and symbolism. The language is generally easy to follow and understand. The style of writing is informal and the language features slang terms, particularly in the dialogue. One of the most important symbols of the story is spring, suggesting hope.

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

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Short story analysis

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