Overview of Daniel Alarcon's Flood

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The short story “Flood” by Daniel Alarcon, focuses on a town that is “flooded” with gang conflicts and the gangs are the ones who run the townspeople fate, despite what they do to escape the conflicts. In the short story a child is the narrator and although, children are portrayed as innocent; throughout “Flood” the children represent the contrary of that idea and the reader is able to recognize the “young gangster” in them. The setting of the story is significant because it is how the characters identify themselves and who they are as individuals. Whether the characters recognize themselves as gang members or innocent civilians, part of their everyday lives if overruled by the gangs, due to their ongoing conflict and disagreements over territory. Overall, the setting of a story is characterized as the background or environment where the characters live, and “Flood” serves to represent how the setting shapes the narrators lives. Throughout the short story “Flood”, the reader recognizes where the story takes place has a large influence as well as authority, in the characters lives. The short story “Flood” takes place in Peru, in a city/town that is underprivileged. In addition, the readers quickly learn that from a young age the children are aware that avoiding gang involvement or the “University” it is problematic, and that is where they will ultimately windup after high school; as it is said by the narrator: “We [call] it the University because it’s where you [go] when you [finish] high school” (Alarcon 93). It is almost as if they know being involved in some type of gang related activity is their fate, which will lead them to being in the “University.” However, the reader is very shocked to find out that the term “U... ... middle of paper ... ...the street fight, and the setting also influences the characters lives. Works Cited Cawley, M. (n.d.). More than 86% of Peruvians Feel Unsafe: Govt Survey - InSight Crime | Organized Crime in the Americas. More than 86% of Peruvians Feel Unsafe: Govt Survey - InSight Crime | Organized Crime in the Americas. Retrieved February 13, 2014, from http://www.insightcrime.org Pastor, J. F. (n.d.). Gangs in America – A Deadly Game. Gangs in America – A Deadly Game. Retrieved February 13, 2014, from http://realtruth.org Schmidt, Jan Zlotnik, and Lynne Crockett. "Flood ." Portable legacies: fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009. 92-99. Print. Slanzi, C. (n.d.). Poverty, Broken Homes, Violence: The Making of a Gang Member. The Trauma Mental Health Report. Retrieved February 13, 2014, from http://trauma.blog.yorku.ca

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