The Interlopers Thesis

1174 WordsSep 25, 20175 Pages
Thesis statement: The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin has a unique and intelligent concept, but is defeated by lack of story building and a rushed, badly constructed ending. The Interlopers by Saki has a much more basic premise, but uses natural storytelling elements to create seamless story progression and a more powerful message. Setting The Story of an Hour: The audience is keyed into the time period by mention of how popular newsstands are, the lack of cell phones, and the social restrictions within marriages that Mrs. Millard, the main character, describes. When Mrs. Millard’s manic episode begins, she retires to an armchair by an open window, symbolic of her newfound inner-freedom. This creates imagery for the audience and helps to…show more content…
Consequently, said story cheats itself of a meaningful message and ending by not taking time to create a believe and rich setting. Suspense The Story of an Hour: The first sentence sums up all that is wrong with suspense in this story, "Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break […] the news of her husband 's death.” In The Interlopers, story pertaining details were introduced as scene-setting, a subtle plot-motivating technique this story abandons. The remaining “suspense" is developed entirely through Mrs. Millard’s hyperactive imagination as she dreams of the future. Her euphoric visions are repeated, and repeated again. An uneasiness is created for the sole reason that most people know that sane people don’t think this way. Ultimately, the lazy suspense building cheapens the ending and while successfully creates tension, dissolves itself by being overly obvious and unvaried. The Interlopers: Organic tension is built by atmosphere, dialogue, and subtle set up of the closing reveal, "Ulrich had banded together his foresters to watch the dark forest, not in quest of four-footed quarry, but to keep a lookout for the prowling thieves whom he suspected of being afoot from across the land boundary. The roebuck, which usually kept in the sheltered hollows during a storm wind, were running like driven things tonight, and there was movement and unrest among the creatures that were wont to sleep through the dark hours.” The
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