Silent Snow, Secret Snow Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does Aiken choose to set the story in Paul's mind?

The events in Silent Snow, Secret Snow are told from Paul's perspective so the reader can understand his thought process. The way he views things is essential to the story. For this reason, Aiken chooses to describe everything in the setting of Paul's mind, where many conflicts are taking place. From a literary standpoint, the story becomes much more fascinating with the inside look that the reader is given on how Paul's mind works and the gradual change taking place in it.

2. How is Paul's secret first introduced?

In the beginning of Part 1, the subject of Paul's secret is not revealed. Instead, it is described as something that he carries around with him and uses as protection. He compares it to a wall that he hides from the world behind.

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