The Richer the Poorer

1009 WordsMay 12, 20085 Pages
"The Richer, The Poorer" What is a short story? “A short story is a work of fiction that develops a single idea” (Dowling Central, n.d.). Dorothy West, an author of many short stories, has entertained and taught many lessons throughout her writings. This paper will discuss West’s short story, “The Richer, The Poorer.” In addition, this paper will examine the entertainment value of this story as it relates to the lesson it teaches to the reader by discussing the literary elements found in “The Richer, The Poorer.” The first element that this paper will discuss is the plot. “The plot shows how a conflict, or struggle, develops and is settled” (Dowling Central, n.d.). In “The Richer, The Poorer,” the conflicts are internal and external. For…show more content…
Style is another literary element found in “The Richer, The Poorer.” Sentence structure, diction, and tone are types of style. “Sentence structure refers to the general pattern of sentence forms used by a writer” (Jackson Dade Schools, n.d.). In this story, West uses complicated sentences structures. She also used figurative language for imagery. For example, “They were often in rags and never in riches” (LaRocco & Coughlin, 1996, 107). The writer uses this metaphor to explain the marriage of Bess. Another example is Lottie, trapped by the blood tie, knew she not only have to send for her sister, but take her in when she returned” (LaRocco & Coughlin, 108). This statement explained the relationship between Lottie and Bess. The second type of style, diction, “refers to the writer’s choice of words” (Jackson Dade Schools). West uses an informal style of writing by using contractions, such as, it’s, I’ll, and that’s. The third style, tone, “refers to the emotional feel a work has for the reader” (Jackson Dade Schools). In this story, the tone is irony. Although Lottie thought that her sister was not living a prosperous life, she later learned that she was wrong. In conclusion, this paper has discussed the literary elements of the short story, “The Richer, The Poorer.” In addition, this paper has also discussed the literary values of this story by analyzing the plot, characters, theme, point of view, and style elements. References Dowling
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