What Happened During The Ice Storm Analysis

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Would You Go Into the Storm? Does the helplessness of animals bring people guilt? Maybe even give them the need to help them? In the story, "What Happened During the Ice Storm" that is exactly how a few boys had felt. The author Jim Heynen displays the story how the boys went out in the freezing cold to help pheasants that were sitting in the cold all alone. The theme the author is trying to get across is that it is human nature to protect yourself and others in stressful situations. In the story it tells everyone that most of the livestock is safe and protected in the barns besides the pheasants. Evidence from the text states that, "The boys went out into the freezing rain to find pheasants too." Proving that these …show more content…
The story says, "The boys stood still in the icy rain. Their breath came out in slow puffs of steam." This helps support the fact that the boys were volunteering to stand outside in the bitter, icy rain to help figure out a way to help the birds. Instead of giving up on finding a solution to help them and going back inside where it was cozy, they stood outside together to come up with a plan to take care of the birds. Instead of following their nature and going to where it was warm and comforting they stood outside as long as it took to come up with a way to help the birds and then help themselves by going back home. And finally the boys were willing to give up their warm, dry coats to help the pheasants take on the cold. The author says, "He was taking off his coat, the thin layer of ice splintering in flakes as he pulled his arms from the sleeves." This helps support the fact that the boys took it upon themselves to take off their coats to keep the pheasants warm. Once one boy had started to take his off, the others followed along as it is human nature to follow the lead of others. Throughout the story the author, Jim Heynen, really gets the point across about human nature and protecting yourself and others. For example, the way the boys were willing to do things that affected them in a negative way just to help the pheasants. It is an important point to get across because we should

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