Some people have very strict boundaries when dealing with how far they will go for love. Some people do not go out of their way at all to save a relationship. On the other hand, some people will go completely out of their way and do extreme things in order to save a relationship and keep someone they love. In What We Talk About When we talk About Love, A perfect Day for Bananafish, and A Rose For Emily, the characters in the stories go far to preserve the love that they feel. Sometimes this love can even make the person or people naive about how far they are going and naive about the situation as a whole. In What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver, Terri, one of the main characters, used to be in a relationship with a man that beat her. Even though he beat her she still believes that he loved her. She is naive and maybe in denial of the true fact due to the fact that she loved him. She longed for happiness but I believe she was settling. She thought that was the only love she could find or deserved. The “happiness” and the “why not?” pertain to this topic. In quote #1 Terri talks about the situation saying that she did not know what to do with a love like the one she had; she had to deal with a husband that beats her. This pertains to “commitment” in the collage. She might have felt as though she has a commitment to him and that is why she does not know what to do with the love she has. She felt like she was stuck with him. Terri was also naive about her relationship. Quote #2, Terri talks about how she believes that Ed, her ex husband, really did love her even though he beat her. Terri goes lengths, dealing with this physical and mental abuse for love, to save her relationship. In A Perfect Day For Bananafish by J.D. Salinger, the main character, must understand and stick by Seymour even though he is mentally unstable for love. In quote #3 the women’s mother expresses her worry for her daughter due to the wellness of Seymour. The girl sticks up for Seymour and/or does not see how sick he really is. The girl also avoids the conversation. I believe she is tired of talking about it and she, as Terri did, is settling because she believes that this might be the only love she can get or deserves. This as well pertains to the “why not?” and “happiness” is not found in this story. She struggles through this hard relationship and stays strong, putting up with Seymour’s mental disability to save their love and/ or their relationship. In quote #4 it is shown to the reader an example of Seymour’s disability. He obviously has something for Sybil that is not appropriate and it is shown to the reader what his wife has to put up with on a daily basis. In A Rose For Emily by William Faulkne, Emily goes great lengths to “keep” the one she loves because in her past someone who loved her left her by passing away. In quote #5, it explains Emily’s resistance and denial that Emily has towards her father’s death. This pertains to “The End of Excuses” that is in the collage. Emily finally has to realize that this happened. Her father is dead. She stopped telling her self excuses as to why he was not there and finally admitted to the fact that he is gone. This is the first of Emily’s problems she faces with loved ones. Due to her life-changing loss of her father, she does everything she can to keep the next person she loves; her husband. She tries to accomplish “happiness” and she feels like keeping those she loves close to her is the way to…
In the short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Conner tells how a family’s vacation comes to a tragic end in the hands of a dangerous criminal called The Misfit. The ironic title indicates that men are hard to find due to their chauvinistic, short-tempered, and arrogant behaviors. However a controversial ending with the grandmother and the Misfit reveals a redemption scene which entails the behavior of woman. The women, including a girl, in this short story have patriarchal views of…
Literary Elements In Short Stories
In literature authors will often use literary elements in their writing. Literary elements give writing meaning beyond the surface, and often help in developing a theme in the story. They also often improve the quality of the writing, and make it more interesting for the reader. In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the authors use symbolism to describe how the main characters cannot live with a lack…
BY JOHN O'CONNOR and DAVID STOUCK Special to The Globe and Mail JAMES Sinclair Ross, Canadian novelist and short story writer, has died in Vancouver at age 88. Best known for his novel As For Me and My House and his short stories such as The Lamp at Noon and The Painted Door, Ross came to be identified as the pre-eminent chronicler of Western Canada in the Great Depression.
"As For Me and My House remains one of the major texts of Canada's literary culture," David Staines, editor of…
every day in the world, but the amount of people each death impacts is enormous. Therefore, authors have to cade to their audience and write about death. There are a few reasons why a large percentage of authors include death in their stories. Most of these stories were written before the 1970’s. There were many wars with hundreds of thousands, if not millions of casualties before this time period. The authors were most likely affected by the sudden deaths of people they knew that had to go to war…
I woke up to a bang, as someone opened a door. I heard several footsteps coming towards me. I sat up and waited for those to approach me. Finally, a few men stopped in front of my cell.
“Jason Webster?” the man in the front asked. He was on the short side, maybe 5’ 6” with tussled black hair, barely touching his shoulders and a small beard. He wore a fancy three piece suit, with a dark blue tie.
“Yeah,” I replied.
“You’re free to go.” Surprised, I didn’t have a response. “Come,” he said.…
Elements of Short Stories
This includes the:
time (of day and year/season)
time period (early 1700’s)
place of a story (where in the world, country, village, home, room).
It helps establish the background, the plot, and can tell you a lot about
the characters who inhabit it
Task: Read the story following and create a description for the setting.
• Plot refers to events of a story. Every story has to
have things “happen” in order for it to be
• Usually the plot introduces…
instinctiveness. Human survive on it. In the short story “The Large Ant” by Howard Fast, Fast illustrates surviving on instinct when he shows that humans are naturally violent, that the government will do anything to survive and that Morgan kills without hesitation.
A large percent of people crave violence and that’s solely an instinctive trait. Howard Fast does an excellent job at illustrating this throughout the short story “The Large Ant.”. The story takes place in Cold War Era USA during a time…
In the short story " Vitamins," the story is narrated in the first person and begins with the
narrator (unnamed) telling the reader first about his nothing job at the hospital and then about his
wife Patti’s job. Patti sells vitamins door to door and very early on the reader learns that Patti is
struggling in her job. She is the team leader for a group of girls but many of them don’t stay in
the job very long, some even leaving after a few hours of work, Carver highlighting to the reader
Offshore Pirate and Young Goodman Brown Analysis
The story The Offshore Pirate by Scott Fitzgerald explores the life of a spoiled woman by the name Ardita Farnam who is in her early years. She is in a trip to Florida accompanied by her uncle. However, the offshore pirates capture their boat. This leads to a love affair between the woman and the captain. The second story Young Goodman Brown is a story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The narration takes place in the 17th century…
Meaningful and Exceptional Stories
“Short fiction seems more targeted- hand grenades of idea, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them.” This is a powerful statement said by Paolo Bacigalupi. One reason I truly enjoy reading short stories is because they quickly convey important messages. Many I have read not only are interesting and unique but also teach moral lessons. In this short story unit, I have read countless short stories that I thoroughly had a pleasure…