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Whirlpool: Plot Summary
Whirlpool: Detailed Summary & Analysis
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- Full Title: “Whirlpool”
- When Written: 2011
- Where Written: Victoria, Australia
- When Published: “Whirlpool” first appeared in the December 2011 issue of The Monthly. It was later included in Kennedy’s 2012 short story collection Like A House On Fire.
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Realist Short Story
- Setting: Australian suburbs
- Climax: Anna and Louise refuse to smile genuine smiles for the family Christmas photo.
- Antagonist: Mum
- Point of View: Second Person
Extra Credit for Whirlpool
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