In the National Gallery
A. Write an essay (700-900 words) in which you analyse and interpret Doris Lessing’s short story “In the National Gallery”. To put interpretation into perspective, your essay must include a discussion of at least two of the other items listed below. One of these must be a text.
In The National gallery is the title of this short story, and it’s really no mystery why. Even though the story never actually tells us where the story is happening, we get many indications, besides the name of the story, which is supposed to tell us that the story is happening in the National Gallery. It fits the story well, by giving us information, why couldn’t read directly in the text. The story is concentrated around an old man, who has is being reminded about an old flirt he had once, throughout the actions of the story. Without his actions in the story, there wouldn’t be much of a story to tell, and he is the one bringing the perspective of the things happening. The conflict of the story is much hidden. There’s no direct conflict between two different opinions, but there is conflicts in the form of the age problem. When he was 12, he wasn’t nearly enough for the girl. Neither is he as a 60 year old. There’s another conflict in the emotions. A 12 year olds’ emotions aren’t as fully developed as the emotions of a 16 year old, but the emotions of a 60 year old is more developed than a 16 year olds’. Since the conflict in the story is not direct, there’s no resolving it either. The old man only chose to talk about his feelings, not to do anything about them. Apparently the story ends in nowhere as the old man doesn’t confront his past, and therefore does not make the conflict direct. In the National Gallery is with a first-person narrator. The narrator is throughout the story anonymous by name, gender or age, as the person does not reveal itself nor is it important to the actual story. That does not mean that the narrator becomes unimportant in anyway....
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