Journal: Microfiction, “Hummingbird” Microfiction takes minimalism to the absolute limit, telling as little of a story as possible

Journal: Microfiction, “Hummingbird”
Microfiction takes minimalism to the absolute limit, telling as little of a story as possible. Below, you will see the focus piece for our unit on microfiction, “Hummingbird,” by Maheen Ibrahim. For all its brevity, it is nevertheless an incredibly dramatic and moving story. What did you make of it? And why do you think Ibrahim decided to tell the story with so few words? After the story, you will see some questions that will help you get started on your analysis. As you respond to these questions, go into as much depth as possible. And be sure to review my lesson on how to break down a quotation before you begin. You will really need to focus your quotation analysis on single words and phrases in order to write enough!

Maheen Ibrahim, “Hummingbird”
The loud cries of his two-year-old daughter pierced the air as he smoothed down her hair, kissed her brow, and whispered to her, “Stay strong, little hummingbird”—before the immigration officers took her away.

How does the title of the story relate both to the character of the daughter and to the genre of microfiction itself?

What theme does the author represent with the contrast between “loud cries” and a whisper in “Hummingbird,” and again, how does this contrast relate to both the drama of the story and the genre of microfiction?

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