Lullaby | Study Guide

Leslie Marmon Silko

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Overview

Author

Leslie Marmon Silko

Year Published

1974

Type

Short Story

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

"Lullaby" is told by a third-person limited narrator who is closely aligned with the story's main character, Ayah.

Tense

The short story "Lullaby" is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

A lullaby, or cradlesong, is a soothing song. The purposes of lullabies vary. In some societies they are used to pass down cultural knowledge or tradition. "Lullaby," as the story's title, refers to the song Ayah remembers at the end of the story. Although she does not recollect singing it to her own children, she knows her grandmother and mother sang it to her. The untitled verse is about the familial relationship between humans and the natural world. The song, which promises, "We are together always," comforts Ayah as she thinks about her deceased children and soothes her husband into the afterlife.

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