The Exposition Of Jacob And Wilhelm Grimm's The Shroud

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“The Shroud” is a very short story, only taking up one page. This short paragraph of a story still conveys all the necessary elements of plot. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s short story “The Shroud” contains all elements of plot; these elements all add up to create an artistic story that entertains the reader. The exposition of “The Shroud” is short, only one long sentence. This exposition is “There was once a mother who had a little boy of seven years old, who was so handsome and lovable that no one could look at him without liking him, and she herself worshipped him above everything in the world” (Lines 1-3). This sentence is the exposition because it introduces both the characters, the mother and the son. Also, the sentence introduces all…show more content…
The reader is now fully invested in the story because they want to know why the son is appearing in these places, even though the son is dead. This sentence intensifies the conflict and furthers the plot along. The inciting incident and rising action in “The Shroud” help further the story, and get the reader further invested in the story. In “The Shroud” the climax comes quickly, and is surprising to the reader. The climax of the story is “As, however, the mother would not stop crying, it came one night... and stood on the bed at her feet, and said, ‘Oh, mother, do stop crying, or I shall never fall asleep in my coffin, for my shroud will not dry because of all thy tears which fall upon it.’” (Lines 9-12). The son coming to the mother in the night and speaking to her is surprising to the reader. This is the point of the story with the greatest emotion, as the mother is sad that her child is dead, and the child is not able to rest because of the mothers intense sadness. The climax leads to a change, and in “The Shroud” the son speaking to the mother leads to the mother changing her actions, the mother cries no more so that her son can move on. The climax of “The Shroud” is when the mother and son are both full of emotion, and these emotions lead to a change. The falling action of “The Shroud” wraps up all the conflict in the story, the boy coming back to speak to his mother, and in the falling

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