The Birds Essay

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Guyette has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh. In the following essay, Guyette examines the influence of the Cold War and nuclear proliferation on du Maurier's story.

In her short story "The Birds," author Daphne du Maurier creates a chilling piece of fiction that haunts the imagination by vividly conjuring up innate primal fears. Her stark depiction of a family huddled inside their house as hordes of vicious birds relentlessly attack is truly the stuff of which nightmares are made. When explored at a deeper level, however, this piece can be interpreted as something much more than just a macabre scenario involving birds gone berserk. Looked at closely, du Maurier's story can be seen as a cautionary tale about man's tendency to wage war and the profound dread plaguing a civilization perched on the brink of annihilation because of that trait.

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