A Conversation from the Third Floor Essay

Mohamed El-Bisatie
This Study Guide consists of approximately 43 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of A Conversation from the Third Floor.
This section contains 2,007 words
(approx. 6 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the A Conversation from the Third Floor Study Guide

Wallace is a freelance writer and poet. In this essay, Wallace explores the way in which Mohamed El-Bisatie uses his description of the exterior setting to reveal his story's inner truth.

At first glance, it's tempting to think that almost nothing happens in Mohamed El-Bisatie's short story "A Conversation from the Third Floor," which first appeared in his 1994 collection A Last Glass of Tea and Other Stories. The plot is hardly complex: a woman, carrying a child, walks to the fence which surrounds a prison, asks for and is refused permission to enter, has a brief conversation with a man, who is forced to shout at her from the third floor, then departs. Even the characters themselves are arguably flat: readers are given almost no description of the woman, the man, and their history, and minor characters, like the policeman and the soldier, are so quickly drawn...

(read more)

This section contains 2,007 words
(approx. 6 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the A Conversation from the Third Floor Study Guide
Copyrights
Gale
A Conversation from the Third Floor from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook