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Theme and Narrative Elements in the Short Story

Rachel Pollard

Eng. 125

Prof. Peter Kunze

Theme and Narrative Elements

The theme of a story tells the reader what the story is about. Literary elements play a major role in short stories to add to a narrative theme. An example of this is the narrative short story “How I Met My Husband” by Alice Munro. Throughout this paper, the writer will demonstrate the significance of how the application of point of view and the character, plays a major role contributing to the theme of a story.

“How I Met My Husband” by Alice Munro is narrated from a first -person point of view. Munro depiction of the main character is so vividly expressed that a reader could visualize being present at the scene of events. The reader experiences a personal feeling of compassion when the main character acknowledged working for Dr. and Mrs. Pebbles. “This was my first job-working for Dr. and Mrs. Pebbles, who had bought an old house out on the fifth line about five miles out of town.”(Clugston, R. 2010) From the depiction expressed throughout the narration, one could sense that this short story was created from the personal experiences of Munro herself. The reader speculates that the writer has a personal history and “How I Met My Husband” is her way of conveying the events that led to meeting her husband. It cultivates the reader’s mind beyond reality into an imaginary world during the events.

Another literary element that plays a role in contributing the theme of a story is the character. In Chpt. 6, (Clugston, R. 2010) refers to character as “the imaginary person in a story”. In “How I Met My Husband”, Edie a fifteen year old is the main character in this story. For example, “I was fifteen and away from home for the first time”. “My parents had made the effort and sent me to high school for a year but I didn’t like it”, “I was shy of strangers and...
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