Compare and Contrast Two Short Stories

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Compare and Contrast Two Short Stories-- Landlady by Roald Dahl and Chemistry by Graham Swift There are lots of great short stories out there, but in my opinion, both ‘Chemistry’ by Graham Swift and ‘The Landlady’ by Roald Dahl are two of the most unique and effective stories. They share both similarities and differences throughout. Comparing and contrasting the way the authors use their inimitable writing style to achieve their intentions in the story will give us more idea how these stories are alike and distinct. In a way, these two stories are similar because both the authors had carefully chosen the words…show more content…
In the beginning , Billy thought the landlady was ‘terribly nice’,which he was quite grateful to have such a nice landlady who give him a well-appointed service, but as the conversations go on, Billy was then frightened by her weird and creepy contents, he ‘sat there staring straight ahead of him into the far corner of the room, biting his lower lip.’ tells the readers that he’s begin to frightened and suspect landlady, foreshadowing the readers that she might be doing something that couldn’t be trusted by Billy. In another way, these two stories are different because the authors have been using different perspective when narrating the story. In ‘Chemistry’, author’s written the story in the word of narrator, mixing both the perspective of adult and young boy’s. Line” My father’s death was a far less remote event than my grandfather’s but no more explicable, I was only seven.” can be a good example. Almost the whole story was written in past tense, added to the effect of recalling. He’s shown a grown up man recalling memories when he was back in 7-10 years old. This kind of writing style makes readers felt more personal, because the subject is ‘I’, when reading out the story, readers will feel like they’re experiencing the narrators’ life, as if they are the narrator. Also, another interesting fact about this kind of writing style is that if I were to look at the same events in other character’s perspective, it might be another whole different story because
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