The Silver Sword Literary Qualities

Ian Serraillier
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The Silver Sword is a realistic novel about war that depends heavily on description for its literary effect. Because the setting of war-torn Europe shapes the children's experiences, Serraillier gives detailed and vivid descriptions of the ravaged countries and of the hardships the children endure. The role these problems play in building the children's characters is revealed several times by biblical parallels. Ruth tells Bible stories to the children in her school, and their favorite is the one which most inspires her as well: Daniel in the lions' den. She sees the hardships she faces every day as the lions, and she believes that if she is patient arid trusting like Daniel, she too will be delivered.

Switzerland, as the children's destination, becomes the promised land that they reach after long wandering in the desert of the war.

The silver sword itself provides a recurring symbol...

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