Character Development

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Importance of Character Development in Short Stories
The anticipation of the audience towards a short story is often based on how strongly and deeply characters are developed. The audience often sympathizes with some characters simply because they can relate to their story. They may also feel disassociated with some characters because of their unpleasant nature. Generally, the audience’s tendency to empathize with the characters in the story, gives them excitement to look forward to the ending. Having that said, character development amplifies the enthusiasm and interest of the audience by providing them access to the characters’ motives and perspectives throughout the story.
In the short story “Story of An Hour” Kate Chopin illustrates
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He stood away from all the bad influence and unlike other men of his age in Harlem, he has a profession. He also remains with the flat attitude in the first part of the story, expressing dull emotions while talking about Sonny’s situations. The audience expects him to be affected immediately but the first part of the story shows otherwise. Then, his character eventually evolves emotionally when he finally writes to Sonny. Sonny’s brother thinks “And I didn’t write to Sonny or send him anything for a long time. When I finally did it, it was just after my little girl died, and he wrote me back a letter which made me feel like a bastard.”(538) After Sonny writes him back, the narrator’s character was even more developed as he finally shows interest in the life his brother is living. He wonders how this life Sonny lives had affected him. Baldwin wrote “Then I kept in constant touch with him and I sent him whatever I could and I went to meet him when he came back to New York. When I saw him many things I thought I had forgotten came flooding back to me. This was because I had begun, finally, to wonder about Sonny, about the life that Sonny lived inside.” (538). the audience, on the other hand, was also given access to Sonny’s perspective on why his addiction persisted for a while. At first, he was negatively described and compared to other young boys in Harlem by
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