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  • Narrator's Pet
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    The Black Cat: Deranged Narrator Throughout the opening paragraph of 'The Black Cat,' the reader is introduced to a narrator who, because of his grotesque actions, has become mentally deranged and very untrustworthy, '... my very senses reject their own evidence. ' The narration of this story is in the first person, which would lead you to believe the narrator could be trusted to relate to you the true events of the story, but this is false. The narrator in this story is unreliable due to his ho...
  • Main Differences Between The Stories
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    Books and movies present stories in different ways because the medias are incredibly different. In the story Heart of Darkness, the author takes the motif of the journey and presents it in the third person in a way that people could understand with the topic of the spread of culture in the "third world". Apocalypse Now shows the journey in a completely different way. It is made into a first person narrative and is changed from colonization to the modern day equivalent of the Vietnam War. Both wa...
  • Black Cat Wife
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    A Glimpse Into the World of 'The Black Cat' Those who have read any of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories know that most of them are full of suspense and mystery and that they a feeling of horror and shock upon the reader. Poe studies the mind, and is conscious of the abnormalities of his narrators and he does not condone the intellectual expedient through which they strive, only too earnestly, to justify themselves. He enters the field of the starkly, almost clinically realistic investigation of m...
  • Stupid Boring Story
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    Critical Response Essay I class, we read a short story by George Orwell called Shooting an Elephant. It was a story about courage, judgment, and the pressure of peers. I personally did not like this story. I found it boring, pointless, and just another 'hasn't -this -happened -to -you's tory about nothing. However, it was very well written, and if I had to critically respond to this story, I would praise the author on a number of things. The story opens by describing the relationship between the...
  • Roderick Usher
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    Edgar Allan Poe's story, The Fall of the House of Usher is set in the early 19th century United States. Oddly, it uses a castle for the place-setting, despite the fact that there have never been any castles in this country. The story illustrates the effect of isolation on the human being. It begins with the narrator having been asked to visit his friend from long ago, Roderick Usher, who is having many problems. The narrator describes in exquisite detail the gloomy appearance of Roderick's castl...
  • Point Of View In The Story
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    The Girls in the Summer Dresses, by Irwin Shaw is a story told in a dramatic narration point of view. Throughout the story the husband and wife walk the streets of New York City, and have true life-like husband and wife conversations about everything from their relationship to their surroundings. Dramatic narration is straightforward and often reads like a news story. Frances, who is the wife, is upset at her husband Michael for eyeing every beautiful girl that walked by her. For example, I try ...
  • Story The Exotic Dancer
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    In the story "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison, he uses a white, naked, exotic dancer as a big symbol in the story. Tattooed on the girl that the narrator is directing his attention to is an American Flag. The symbol of the American flag on the naked blonde girl relates to the many themes of the story such as the struggle for equality. To understand how the American flag plays its role in the story you have to look at what it represents. First, the public symbol meanings of the American flag being...
  • Narrator Of Oroonoko
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    Oroonoko In Oroonoko by Aphra Behn the narrator is also a participant in the action of the story. Behn uses the first person to tell the story however; she and the narrator exist as two separate entities. The narrator of Oroonoko is not important so much as a catalyst to the action of the story but for her relationship to Oroonoko, her ability to tell his story and her representation of colonial slave trade. The narrator's main role is that a person attempting to make the audience or readers vie...
  • Lulu About The History Of Fleur
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    Fleur's Tracks In Louise Erdrich's 'Tracks'; , the readers discovers by the second chapter that there are two narrators, Nanapush and Pauline Puy at. This method of having two narrators telling their stories alternately could be at first confusing, especially if the readers hasn't been briefed about it or hasn't read a synopsis of it. Traditionally, there is one narrator in the story, but Erdrich does an effective and spectacular job in combining Nanapush and Pauline's stories. It is so well wri...
  • Narrators Feelings
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    ARABY There are many statements in the story Araby that are both surprising and puzzling. The statement that perhaps gives us the most insight into the narrators thoughts and feelings is found at the end of the story. Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger. (32) By breaking this statement into small pieces and key words, we can see it as a summation of the storys major themes. At this point in the story, many...
  • Fun Of Evangeline
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    Peer Pressure in "The Osage Orange Tree"The Osage Orange Tree" by William Stafford tells a story of how peer pressure kept 2 people apart who wanted to like each other. The narrator of the story liked one of his classmates but was afraid to show that he liked her. He didn't have the maturity at the beginning of the story to go against peer pressure. Peer pressure was involved with Evangeline being shunned because she was poor. Her faded blue dress set her apart from the rest of the students. SHe...
  • Communication Between The Narrator And The Signalman
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    The Signalman is a short story, which brings up great suspense and tension throughout the story, mainly through the main characters, the signalman and the narrator. At the beginning of the story the atmosphere is quite dull. The tension and suspense really starts to increase when the narrator first meets the signalman. The narrator first tries to start the conversation by asking the signalman if there was a path in which he could come down to talk to him. There was a calm atmosphere and a high a...
  • How To Tell A True War Story
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    Tim O'Brien's "How to Tell a Ture War Sotry" and Margaret Atwood's "Death by Landscape" are tragic stories that are relived through the memories of the narrators. I would not consider "How to Tell a Ture War Sotry" and Death by Landscape" ghosts so tries. My understnatding of a ghost story is a haunting of someone or something. Both stories are interpretations of a personal belief of what happened to thier friends. The narrator of "How to Tell a True War Story", describes how he saw Lemon die. H...
  • Union Man
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    Henry Lawson's The Union buries its dead is a story which explores the procedure of a union burial for a man whose identity is unknown and whose presence was obviously barely noticed. He was stranger in town, and the fact of his having been a Union man accounted for the funeral. The story that surrounds the burial is told through the eyes of a narrator who seems to be jaded by a world who pretends to care. Thus, through the realistic narrator's bitter tone and language we are led to believe that...
  • Narrator's Romantic View Of Love
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    Characterization in "Araby" Characterization is a major part in many short stories. The characters in a short story shape the story to make it more interesting to read. The main character of a story usually has human personalities that are familiar to the reader. All boys have a "crush " on an older girl when they are young. In "Araby", James Joyce shows all the feelings and emotions of a young boy's love for his friend " solder sister. The story takes place in Dublin, Ireland in the young narra...
  • Wife In The Poe Story
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    Chopin vs. Poe: A Wifes Death It is common for two short stories to have a similar portion of their plots. How the author presents that particular component of the story will vary each and every time. This will result in a different effect on the reader for every story. The Kate Chopin story immediately starts with some very obvious foreshadowing of what is to come. The first line of the story says Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her...
  • Mango To Ganapathy Shiva
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    ACT One Narrator: I'll tell you a story about Load Ganapathy and his brother Kartik. It happened a long time ago in their abode. Shiva came with something for his sons. Shiva: Ganapathy, Kartik come here Ganapathy & Kartik (together): Yes, father Shiva: I've got a mango for you Ganapathy & Kartik (together): YUM! Narrator: The two brothers start to fight. Ganapathy: I want it Kartik: No, I want it Ganapathy: Me! Kartik: NO ME! Shiva: I know - whoever goes around the world and comes back first wi...
  • Narrator's Manner
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    "A Little Princess" by Frances Hodgson Burnett Individual Prose Performance Introduction: "A Little Princess" by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is about a little girl, named Sara Crewe, who attends a boarding school in London away from her loving father. She wears beautiful clothes, has gracious manners, and tells the most wonderful stories. Then one day, Sara becomes penniless and must wear rags, sleep in the school's dreary attic and work for a living. She is all alone, but keeps telling herself tha...
  • Most Important Category Of Initiation Stories
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    An archetypal initiation story involves a protagonist, of a specific culture, sorting through a personal battle of good versus evil. In order to combat unethical or immoral practices, the protagonist must find, within himself, a way to make the change. "The Battle Royal" by Ralph Waldo Ellison is an archetypal initiation story told by the protagonist, an African American male narrator. In his late teen age years, he must complete a speech, and then live up to his grandfather's dying wish. Tellin...
  • Jekyll's Letter In The First Person
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    The story opens with the voice of an omniscient 3rd person narrator (i.e. one that knows all but is not present in the action) describing the character of Mr Utterson, one of the main characters of the story. This description presents the reader with a picture of a quiet, "cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse loyal, professional "that was the lawyer's way", gentleman while at the same time foreshadows the role he will play in the story "it was frequently his fortune to be the last reputable...

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