The Depressing Life of an Old Woman in Death in the Woods by Sherwood Anderson

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Sherwood Anderson’s “Death in the Woods” tells story of the depressing life of an old woman told many years later by a man who narrates the short story. This short story is driven by a plot structure that is told by a sequence of events, a narrator who tells the story, characters, theme, symbolism, and tone. “Death in the Woods” narrates a sequence of events—the life and death of Mrs. Grimes in its plot structure. This story does not just express the old woman’s tale, but re-tells it. The reader follows the narrator’s mental processes as he intertwines a series of half-remembered, half-fictionalized images, jumping from the old woman’s history to his own. In the first telling of the story, the narrator’s brother gives an inadequate version of it, which causes the narrator to tell it properly according to him. “Death in the Woods” begins with the narrator’s account of a certain type of old woman, describing her trips into town and characterizing her as ‘‘nothing special.’’ The exposition in “Death in the Woods” is uncovered throughout the story. Through the narrator, the reader is introduced to the characters. The characters, although, are perceived and viewed by the narrator in a specific aspect, which foes not give the reader a full understanding of the characters. This short story focuses on the central conflict of the events surrounding Mrs. Grimes freezing to death in the woods and the ensuing discovery of her body, but the story has several small conflicts throughout

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