1. Who is the speaker? 2. Who is he or she speaking to? 3. What is happening in the story at the time (i.e., what is the context)? 4. Why is the quotation significant to the story? Consider things like use of literary devices, character development and connection to theme(s).
“Laila knows that this shameful lie will have to be told again and again” (379).
“Laila thinks of her own life and all that has happened to her, and she is astonished that she too has survived…” (395)