Birthday: Fiction and Ice Cream

Topics: Fiction, Narratology, Plot Pages: 2 (788 words) Published: December 9, 2012

Already in the title we know the occasion. The story starts with an introduction of the protagonist and the location. We are at a restaurant where Clara, the protagonist, is hosting a birthday party. We are now familiar with the settings. As the story continues a conflict is rising, coffee or ice cream? The exposition consists mainly of a description of the settings and the stunning things with ice cream and not that big of a descriptions of Clara. I believe the reason for that is, that this text really is focusing on the importance of the weight situation; everything in moderation, as I believe is the message in this story and not a strong character in development, but I will get to that later on in my essay. Even though I think that the story suits the plot diagram in a certain way, because the story contains a rising action which entailing the climax. However the denouement and resolution is planted in our afterthoughts and not in the story. The story contains an omniscient narrator, which speaks through thoughts of both Clara and the waiter, he even know the fact that the waiter wishes to be cool. The narrator is not participating and remains objective through the story. The author has chosen a very vivid language in his story. It fits the story well because it gives the reader a better description of Clara’s beauty and it sets the ice cream as a magnificent weakness for Clara, furthermore it describes the flirt between the waiter and Clara. We see that at line 21 “Her Beauty is warm, not cold. She is a tantalizing as the geographic at Tahiti”. Clara gets described as a girl at her Zenith, and the guests, who by the way can’t get their attention away from Clara at any time at the birthday, can’t imagine her fade away from this perfection. Which explains their frustration for Clara’s rising interest for ice cream. As Clara is getting closer to eat the ice cream, they come with suggestions how to stay thin. Julie says that she just should puke it...
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