Analysis: Short Story Content Essay

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Short Story Content Analysis Essay
What is the point of any piece of great literature? Or rather, what is great literature? Some would say that accomplished literature is a way of exceptionally telling a story. However, what is the point of storytelling? In many cases, stories are told for entertainment. However, most stories have a moral or theme conveying an important message about life or how to live it. This is the point of great literature, to convey this message beautifully. Some pieces of great literature are The Story-Teller, by Saki, Geraldine Moore the Poet, by Toni Cade Bambara, and Enemy Territory, by William Melvin Kelley. To understand the themes of great literature, you must also understand how to analyze it. The content
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This brings us to the next story, which is also told in third person. “Geraldine Moore the Poet”, by Toni Cade Bambara, is a story told in third person that centers on a girl who has lost her home. There are two major settings in the story. The first is at her building. This is an important setting because that is where she finds out that she has lost her house. It is where she sees her items in boxes and has to eat tomato soup for dinner instead of chicken and dumplings. This is also an important setting because it fuels Geraldine’s pessimistic feelings and the way she acts in the second major setting. The second setting is in Mrs. Scott’s classroom when Geraldine is asked to write a poem. This setting is important because it builds up to the final theme. Furthermore on the setting, the story takes place during recessed times in the city. It is most likely in the city because on the way home, Geraldine passes by a hot dog man, which is common in the city but uncommon elsewhere. It is in recessed times because the hot dog man’s business does not seem to be faring well, and neither does Geraldine’s. This is because they are living in recessed times when the economy is not doing well. The major moods in the story are sympathy and hope. It is sympathy because all of these unfortunate things are happening to Geraldine and she seems currently to have a
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