A Study Guide for Stuart Dybek’s “Hot Ice,” excerpted from Gale’s acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary;. Hot Ice by Stuart Dybek, The magic trick: Blending realism with the poetic to create a world of epic beauty “Hot Ice” is the most perfect. A study guide for Stuart Dybek’s Hot Ice, excerpted from Gale’s acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character.

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Swantek sleeps on old drapes beside the furnace, “vomiting up cabbage in the corners and covering it with newspapers,” and Buzka and her old friend Mrs.

Manny dybk Eddie have been up all night, drinking and taking drugs; the ice factory is dim, abandoned, and shadowy, with strange lights suggesting bizarre phantasms; and they have heard legends about the girl’s existence all their lives. At the end of the story, though, he becomes involved, helping Manny free the girl’s body from the ice that has held it frozen for decades.

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He also does penance during Lent, inflicting pain on himself and offering up his suffering for the souls in purgatory. Fox on an Island Gabriola, BC. They both identify with and like “the other. By the time this story was published, the tide had turned against the changes made by Vatican II. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Jail break stories often entail the basic premise of a person managing ie get lost within a system that exists manifestly to keep tabs on people. Asking about FSG publishing his newest collection of stories this fall as well as his new collection of poems, PW can see where Dybek’s fantastic stories come from.

Pancho is the oldest of the three friends who prowl around together at the beginning of this story, the older brother of Manny. While “ethnicity” is still the norm by which his protagonists view the world, Dybek insists that contemporary urban ethnicity must be defined differently from that of preceding time periods. Where creativity and inspiration meet. Dybek’s protagonists aren’t Poles; they’re not even Polish- American by traditional definition.

The characters and their conversations rybek true with every word. He is a young man of Polish descent in a neighborhood that is increasingly becoming Mexican. While discussing the characters inhabiting his stories, Dybek says, “I really wanted there to be—even in the midst of the grittier side of life—humor, vitality, a full palate of human emotion.


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Others such as people’s reports that he walked out unnoticed, that he fled to Mexico, or is now haunting the El may seem less likely, but that imaginative element makes them suitable for gossip. He says he is going back the next night, and Eddie goes along, afraid to let him go alone.

Dybek, it could be argued, understands ethnicity almost exclusively from the point of view of the peasant generation and its descendants. Dybek describes his longtime editor, Elisabeth Sifton, in reverential tones. For instance, the opening paragraphs, relating the background information about the girl in ice, contain a broad perspective, explaining what a variety of people knew or thought of the story, but this information is then planted into Eddie’s mind, with the narrative mentioning several times that the details being relayed are just the version that Eddie had heard or had imagined.

For Dybek, who grew up in southside Chicago, ethnicity is itself a atuart and integral part of the dybe condition. In this story, the main characters, particularly Pancho, retreat from the harshness of their blighted urban surroundings into the colorful mysteries of the Catholic Church.

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Such is the price of the old ethnicity, which in this case is represented as servile labor, alcoholism, a meanness toward animals, a taste for cabbage soup, and, most importantly, as descent from an inferior national culture. Traditionalists regretted the changes that had made the Catholic Church more accessible, feeling that the religious experience should be based in mystery not staurt. Many of these contain abbreviated characterizations, predictably simplistic portraits, or, in some cases, merely composite Slavic cultural representations.

Instead, he is noted for his devotion to his friends.

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There are dozens of theories, ranging from his having committed suicide or been murdered to his having escaped and gone to Mexico or just to the North Side of the city. When Manny visits, he finds that Pancho’s buoyant spirit is gone and that he has lost his faith in his guardian angel. On occasion, he uses Polish words usiadz, dziekuje, dupa, czarina, rozumiesz without translation.


But there’s also magic and joy in Dybek’s Chicago, perhaps springing from that heady, combination of ethnic folkways and Roman Catholic rituals that colored Iris childhood and now infuses his tales.

While Eddie finds it difficult to keep up, Manny follows the ceremonies with the interest Pancho would have shown.

In ” The River ,” a Ukrainian kid fiddles a nocturne. I hkt not done my homework yet and had to write a one-page essay got Africa ‘the Dark Continent’ for school. In the first page the reader also encounters the Slavic-sounding name Leon Sisca and the Catholic mysteries of Palm Sunday. Dybek reinforces the reader’s awareness of religion by marking time in terms of the Christian calendar, with scenes set at Christmas, Lent, Holy WeekEaster, etc. Neighborhood demographics and Parish churches have changed, and only a few Polish-born Americans are left to transmit and interpret Polish traditions and customs.

The alienation that exists in Dybek’s younger characters results as much atuart cultural tensions, however, as it does from socioeconomics and shifting philosophical perspectives.

A Study Guide for Stuart Dybek’s “Hot Ice”

A common pain or loss seemed to burn at the core of their lives, though Eddie had never understood exactly what it was they mourned.

The story was published in Antaeus inand the following year it was chosen for the O. Chicago is one of the large northern U.

Eddie goes along with him, though he can hardly keep awake. Searching for his narrative voice, Dybek looked to his literary forebears for inspiration. This study guide contains the following sections: You can take the man out of Chicago, but ie can’t take Chicago out of the man—especially if you are talking about Western Michigan University English professor Stuart Dybek. It is truly remarkable. They walk from St. In “Hot Ice,” Eddie admits that “he had given up, and the ache left behind couldn’t be called grief.

The scene in which the girl in ice is found is itself shrouded in mystery, in dybdk.