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“Nighttime Fires” pg. 587

“Nighttime Fires”

“Nighttime Fires” is a narrative poem written by Regina Barreca. The poet uses powerful imagery which vividly illustrates the lasting impression made upon a girl whose father seeks satisfaction through witnessing the destruction caused by nighttime fires. The poem creates a picture in the reader’s mind of the father’s character as his grown child still remembers from when she was five years old. Although it is obvious that the father is a victim of an economy that caused him to be without a job, his actions are bizarre and inexcusable. The father takes his family to see fires during the night when they are asleep. He drags his wife and his children out of bed so …show more content…

The father’s relationship with the mother and his children does not appear to be a loving one. He makes his wife do the work of getting the children up in the middle of the night, unconcerned about the sleep that children need or the fact that his wife does not share his love of watching nighttime fires. The mother does not look at the burning house; instead, she only watches her husband. To the

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