I gained a new perceptive during class, when reading “George Saunders Explains How to Tell a Good Story”. The reading of this article help me understood how to use more details to makes my story’s more meaningful. The reading of this article help me build up my paper on “No such Things” to use details to descipbe a story. Through the reading of the article, it help me to use experience through my life to build on my topic “…memory is an unreliable traveling companion through the years”. The reading of the article help me to create a meaningful story to blend it in with experience in my life and also to blending in with the topic of my paper.
What makes stories special is the ability to portray meaning between the lines. Every author has their own characteristics and spin that they incorporate into each of their pieces. These can include character genre, symbolism, plot structure, and irony. Shirley Jackson writes an ironic story about a small village who partakes in an annual lottery. The village looks forward to this day and moods are always high. However when the reader gets to the end of the short story they are shocked to find the lottery is a drawing for who in the village gets stoned to death. In The Lottery, Jackson surprises her readers by putting an ironic twist at the end of her tale, by filling the story with warming articulation, light hearted characters, but
the plot in the story, the minimalistic style, and theme, the author better develops and conveys
Sometimes our everyday experiences can strike us in ways that will influence our thinking in ways that might forever alter the way that we view our lives. In the short story “Fish Story,” Rick Bass primarily uses conflict, symbols, and the changes in a character to present a central theme reflecting the inevitability of our maturing thoughts and growing responsibilities that come incrementally with age. Gullason (1982) shares, “A short story represents a prose narrative usually concerned with a single aspect of personality changing or revealed as the result of conflict” (p. 222). We might interestingly find both of these dynamics within our weekly discussion’s short story assignment. Pigg (2017) explains, “The theme of a work of fiction is as much a creation of readers as it is for the writer because the user’s knowledge and beliefs play a part in determining the theme(s) they will recognize” (Attend Topic 4 Unit 2 [Video]). The writer of this week’s short story was likely to have known the theme that he intended to communicate while also recognizing the diversity of human thinking that gives us a myriad of perspectives. The “’Fish Story’s’ narrator is a 10-year-old boy in the early 1960’s living in rural Texas with parents who run a service station while their customer brings a 86 pound catfish creating a task to keep the fish alive until time to cook it” (Bass, 2009, pp. 1-2). As we recall our childhoods, most can likely remember how our imagination and fantasies began to collide with the realities of life, and this overreaching concept might allude to the theme of this piece of work. The narrator tells us how “He grew dizzy in the heat and from the strange combination of the unblinking monotony and utter fascination of his task until the trickling from the water hose seemed to be saturating and inflating the clouds as one would water a garden” (Bass, 2009, p. 2). As the narrator embraces the mundane task, his daydreams seem to symbolize the innocence of his youth. Later the story’s narrator “speaks less of childhood than of the general nature of the world in which we live, while contemplating that those days were different – we had more time for such thoughts, that time had not yet been corrupted”
In the story What, of this Goldfish, Would You Wish? It shows that just because a relationship is forced it doesn’t mean that the relationship is bad and the people in the relationship can still care for each other. Sergei and the goldfish have an interesting relationship. Sergei found the fish and was granted three wishes, so the goldfish has to live with Sergei. Sergei begins to depend on the goldfish for friendship. The text says, “After the last wish, Sergei won’t have a choice. He’ll have to let the goldfish go. His magic goldfish. His friend.” (Page 8) This shows that Sergei depends on the fish for friendship. The fish on the other hand, wants to be free and it shows that in the text, “The fish swishes his fish tail back and forth in the water, the way he does Sergei knows, when he’s truly excited. The goldfish can already taste freedom. Sergei can see it on him. “ (Page 9) Although the goldfish wants to be set free he still cares about Sergei. It shows that in the text, “You killed him, Sergei,” the goldfish says. “You murdered someone-but you’re not a murderer.” (Page 8) The relationship is like my cousin, Reagan’s, and mine. We were forced to be friends because our families are so close, but we are close anyway and have a strong friendship. This relationship supports the thesis because in the story the fish and Sergei depend on each other’s friendship for company.
Imagery was used throughout the passage to illustrate the feelings the Mackerels give to the author, which is shinny, colorful and almost sparkling. Imagery such as “sun on gasoline” allows the readers to come up with vivid scenes from author’s description. The use of imagery is very engaging, it is used to not only for detailed information but also to attract the reader's’ attention,
The first short story has some relevance to the quote is What of This Goldfish, Would You Wish? In this story, there was lots of tension between the goldfish and Sergio. Sergio would not decide on his last wish, which led to the goldfish having to stay in his fishbowl. The goldfish had lost most of its tolerance for the man and couldn’t help but smile when the man wished his last wish. This is an example because the fish no longer wanted to be trapped which means he did not want to deal with Sergio any longer. Another example of tolerance being lost is when Sergio killed the boy.
The multiple repetitions of the word “fish” embody the vulnerability of the abundance of prey (4, 6, 8, 12, 24). The threat within ecosystems is embodied through the continual use of “fish”. These fish not only represent themselves as being unlawfully preyed upon but also represent the collective term for prey in the poem. The prey within this scene are referred to as the prize especially if the “wisest and fattest fish” were caught (24). The significance of the prey is found within their role of their ecosystems. Where the fish seem to be vulnerable prey in the sight of the fisherman, the fisherman seems to be also vulnerable prey to the fish.
Thomas Hardy once stated that “A story must be exceptional enough to justify its telling; it must have something more unusual to relate than the ordinary experience of every average man and woman.” This quote encapsulates the key element of what makes a story interesting and worth telling: its uniqueness and deviation from the ordinary. While every average man and woman experience stories in their everyday life, they are typically uninteresting and uneventful. A story worth telling must contain the opposite; it must be so exceptional in its characters and events that it lies unparalleled among the life of any average person. Not only do the characters and setting of the story have to be exceptional, but a story worth telling will also contain unique literary elements. Various lessons, themes, symbols, imagery, and other literary devices may be present to further add to the story’s excellence. For these reasons, Lord of the Flies by William Golding and In Cold Blood by Truman Capote serve as two of the most prominent exemplifications of this quote, as both stories are exceptional enough to justify their telling.
“What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish” is a short story by Israeli writer, Etgar Keret. This story shows just how far a person will go not to be alone. The author shows this through the character Sergei Goralick, a Russian immigrant in Israel, who killed
A narrative is an emphasized story that often tells about a character's experience. Narrative’s use techniques such as literary elements throughout the text. These include, irony, imagery, dialogue, historical significance and symbolism. Authors use these techniques to establish a deeper connection with the reader and heighten the theme. Without this approach, stories would sound like tedious articles.
Many works of literature include a wide variety of literary elements to help convey the ideas of the author. Pieces such as short-stories may only have a few elements while a novel could have multiple. In “The Monkey’s Paw” and “The Lottery”, examples of foreshadowing and symbolism can be found throughout both stories.
All authors of the different forms of literature try to ensure they bring forth originality in their respectable works but also deliver a valuable message that all readers can relate to. These valuable messages occasionally relate to family, adversity, love, or struggle. Common themes are constantly found across the different forms of literature, how these themes are created, however, can range in diction, figurative language, and overall presentation. In poetry, the poet uses rhyme scheme, and figurative language to deliver the theme. In a novel, on the other hand, the author uses plot, characterization, and symbolism to create their theme.
In A Perfect Day for Bananafish a man with PTSD named Seymour had to feel the harsh rejection of society. Seymour was a war veteran who can back to America and was a little unstable because of it. He had many quirks that made him odd like he was scared of trees and yelled at someone for just looking at his feet. “He told him everything. At least, he said he did--you know your father. The trees. That business with the window. Those horrible things he said to Granny about her plans for passing away. What he did with all those lovely pictures
Authors use literary elements to enhance their writing through details to describe a scene in the author’s writing, or use language to elevate the story. “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry and “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, both use many literary elements to give their writing more depth. “The Gift of the Magi” uses irony throughout the story when Della and her husband, Jim, both do not have enough money to buy each other gifts for Christmas. “The Necklace” uses a lot of detail to show what Madame (Mme.) Loisel dreams of at the beginning of the short story. “The Necklace” is one of the many short stories that use literary elements to elevate the story and keep the reader engaged in the author’s writing.