The Other Place By Mary Gaitskill And The Last Speaker Of The Language By Carol Anshaw

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The two short stories that I read was The Other Place by Mary Gaitskill and The Last Speaker of the Language by Carol Anshaw. I was not thrilled by either story and found that they did not keep my interest and failed to entertain me. With both stories, I tended to get lost in the scene or setting and found myself rereading sections. One of the stories I had to rereading to make sure I really understood the full story. Two characteristics of a successful short stories are the story tends to begin and end abruptly and limited number of characters. Using these two stories I will analyze them to see if they meet the short story criteria.
The Last Speaker of the Language does not start off as an abruptly as a short story could. The daughter is on a ladder finding small vodka bottles above her mother’s kitchen cabinets, a hiding place that her mother uses. There is no abruptness within the first two paragraphs. I would think that an abrupt story would have dramatic changes or some sort of wild tale was starting. Something that would make the reader say, whoa what is going in here?
The Other Place also started off with a slower start. It did however have a more interesting and dramatic beginning as The Last Speaker of the Language did. The Other Place first starts off on how the narrator son, at the age of 13 likes guns and violence. However, its only a short paragraph and the next paragraph goes into the description of the boy and how he resembles the father at age…

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