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Out of This Furnace | Study Guide

Thomas Bell

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Thomas Bell

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Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

Out of This Furnace is told from a third-person omniscient perspective.


Out of This Furnace is written in the past tense.

About the Title

Out of This Furnace is set against the backdrop of the American steel industry between the early 1880s and the mid-1930s. The title references the foundry furnaces in which steel is forged. It is also an allusion to the saying "out of the furnace and into the fire," an expression denoting a shift from a bad situation to a worse one.


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