Hot Ice

How does Stuart Dybek use imagery in Hot Ice?

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The imagery is largely connected with myth. Myths are usually handed down from generation to generation, with no direct evidence of their source. Often myths incorporate supernatural elements. In “Hot Ice,” Dybek uses the emotional power of myths to charge modern life with a sense of religious awe.

He starts the story with the mysterious tale of the girl who was drowned and then frozen in ice by her grieving father. The tale includes several elements, such as the fact that the girl was young and innocent and her father carried her to the icehouse on a trolley car, that sound exaggerated. The fact that the basic story has grown to mythological importance can be seen in Big Antek's description of her great beauty and of her shining hair and in the way he and others attribute miracles to her.