"Chronological Order Is the Most Convincing Way to Convey a Story or an Idea." Comparing Two or Three Works You Have Studied, Agree or Disagree with This Statement.

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“Chronological order is the most convincing way to convey a story or an idea.” Comparing two or three of the works you have studied, agree or disagree with this statement. (November 2005) Chronological order is one of the many ways adopted by authors to write and in some aspects, it can be said that it is the most convincing in conveying a story. Convincing in this sense would refer to how easily the readers are able to understand and comprehend the story, with the way the story is written and subsequently able to relate to the story and its characters. I will be exploring two works that I have studied namely, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle. In Siddhartha, it is apparent that the chronological order is indeed the most convincing way to convey the story mainly due to the fact that the story follows Siddhartha’s journey in seeking enlightenment and allows for the development of the protagonist to be made apparent to the leaders. However, in Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, a chronological order would not be as effective in conveying the story mainly due to the author’s intentions and the characterization of Paddy and this is evident, especially given the non-chronological and non-linear narration of the story. In Siddhartha, the portrayal of the protagonist’s journey as well as his growth is proven to be most effective with the adoption of a narration that follows a chronological order. It can also be said that Siddhartha has a linear narrative structure. Siddhartha follows the journey of the protagonist, Siddhartha, in seeking for enlightenment. The chronological order allows the readers to follow the journey as well as the progression of Siddhartha and his growth throughout the novella, where he starts of being a Brahmin all the way to the end, where he finally attains Nirvana and completes his quest of enlightenment. A chronological order provides the readers with a straightforward portrayal of the story and therefore contributes to the readers’ understanding of the story’s progression as well as Siddhartha’s growth. This is evident from the different stages that Siddhartha had to go through in order to attain enlightenment at the end of the novella. From leaving his roots as a Brahmin to learning the ways of a Samana to meeting Gautama to embarking on his solo journey in order to start on his experiential learning to enable him to attain enlightenment. Throughout the journey, Siddhartha finally develops a new perspective of viewing the world and this is followed closely and efficiently by the readers due to the chronological order provided by the narration of the story. This allows for the development of the character to be seen as the readers see Siddhartha grow into one who is patient and one who has finally escaped from the tormenting Self. The characterization of Siddhartha is therefore further enhanced by the chronological order of the story as it allows for the development of the character to be followed closely and clearly. On top of that, Siddhartha, is meant to be a bildungsroman, a novel that centers on the development and maturation of the main character and this is made much more possible with the linear narration of the novella. Hence, the chronological order provides a clear understanding of the character of the protagonist and allows readers to follow the journey he experiences closely thus enabling them to understand the story and empathize with the protagonist when required and is therefore a convincing way to convey Siddhartha. A chronological order is also convincing in conveying Siddhartha due to its effect on the exploration of the novella’s key themes: quest for enlightenment. The chronological order follows Siddhartha’s journey and therefore his quest in seeking Nirvana, in order to achieve a harmonious relationship with the world. The quest on its own is a key theme that drives the plot forward as it is the sole purpose of the story. The quest is embarked upon by...
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