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Introduction & Overview of Silent Snow, Secret Snow by Conrad Aiken

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"Silent Snow, Secret Snow" (1934) is not only Conrad Aiken's most anthologized work, but also one of the most widely read twentieth-century American short stories. The story concerns the degeneration of its protagonist, a young boy named Paul Hasleman, into madness. Critics often view this story in light of Aiken's childhood, and search for autobiographical aspects to the work. Some interpret the story using a psychoanalytic framework; but it has been noted that the problem of the psychoanalytic interpretation is that it treats the events of the tale too clinically, diminishing the story's emotional power.

It seems that a valid interpretation of "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" can neither avoid purely psychological issues—the theme of child-parent conflict, for example—nor justifiably ignore the realistic tragedy of a twelve-year-old boy's world demolishedby madness.

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