Short Story Essay

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A short story concentrates on creating a single dynamic effect and is limited in character and situation. It is a language of maximum yet economical effect. Every word must do a job, sometimes several jobs. Short stories are filled with numerous language and sound devices. These language and sound devices create a stronger image of the scenario or the characters within the text, which contribute to the overall pre-designed effect.As it is shown in the metaphor 'lipstick bleeding gently' in Cinnamon Toast. This describes how the lipstick on a woman's faces is travelling from the lips into the skins around the mouth. The author has chosen this metaphor because it contributes to the reader gaining a stronger image of the characters that they…show more content…
The image of her actions allows the reader to conclude that Mona is an excitable, energetic character. The fat boy represents and symbolises everyone's sins but when he dies in the end, the author uses an exceptionally cunning way of showing the use of symbolism.
This collection displays samples of Dorothy West’s artistry over a lifetime of writing and reveals, through her accounts of her own family history and the places and people she has known, many of the real-life sources for the themes and characters that appear in her fiction. THE RICHER, THE POORER is an anthology of short stories combined with a variety of personal reminiscences and historical sketches, most of which were originally published in periodicals between 1926 and 1987. The collection focuses on African American family life, and the themes of impoverishment, prejudice, self-development, and desire. West examines real and fictional human relationships: of siblings, of husband and wife, mother and daughter, surrogate parent and child, or women friends. She intricately explores differences of race, color, and class, with particular attention to the effects of poverty and racism upon individual human potential.
West is a master of stories of psychological development that reveal moral character, twists of fate that often revolve around a symbolic object, and parables that pair the often opposite traits of love and greed. A Boston-bred middle-class woman of education

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