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The Birds Summary
Daphne Du Maurier

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The Birds Summary


After its publication in 1952 in her short story collection The Apple Tree, "The Birds" became one of Daphne du Maurier's most celebrated works. The story presents an unrelenting portrait of terror and a compelling analogy of the atmosphere of fear generated in America and Europe during the Cold War years.

Covering only a few days in the life of a family living on the Cornish coast of England, "The Birds" examines what would happen if animals traditionally regarded as symbols of peace and freedom began to ruthlessly attack humans. The story opens in the middle of the night when farm worker Nat Hocken wakes to an insistent tapping at his window. Du Maurier quickly increases the tension and horror as Nat's family suffers several vicious attacks by hordes of swarming birds, seemingly bent on destruction.

Richard Kelly, in his article on du Maurier for Twayne's English Authors Series Online...

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