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The Rattrap: Introduction
The Rattrap: Plot Summary
The Rattrap: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Rattrap: Themes
The Rattrap: Quotes
The Rattrap: Characters
The Rattrap: Symbols
The Rattrap: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Selma Lagerlöf
Historical Context of The Rattrap
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- Full Title: “The Rattrap”
- Where Written: Sweden
- Literary Period: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century literature
- Genre: Short story, Swedish literature
- Setting: Rural Sweden
- Climax: Edla returns to find the peddler’s package.
- Point of View: Third person omniscient
Extra Credit for The Rattrap
The Silver Screen. Lagerlöf’s first novel, Gösta Berling’s Saga, was made into a silent film in 1924, starring the famous actress Greta Garbo.
Scriptural Influence. At the age of ten, Lagerlöf read the Bible cover to cover, hoping that doing so would make God heal her sick father.