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How do the writers interest and satisfy the readers?

In this essay, I will be analysing three short stories and will be explaining through my writing how the stories interest and satisfy the readers. I will express the aims of the stories through the eyes of my writing and evaluate the short stories in detail. The stories that I will be analysing are all set in different places. The first short story I will be focusing on is “The Sniper”. This is a story written by Liam O’Flaherty, which is set in a city called Dublin situated in Ireland. The genre for this story is Civil war. The message that the writer is trying to give through his writing is ‘‘anti war’’, the writer is giving the readers the impression that war is bad and it shouldn’t happen. The second story that I will focusing on is “The Landlady”. This story is written by Roald Dahl. This story is set in a place called Bath situated in England. The stories genre is suspense, for the reason that, throughout the story the reader keeps the secret hidden from the readers about what is going to happen to Billy Weaver. The third and final story that I will be focusing on is “Country Lovers”. This story is an interesting which is set in South Africa on a farm. It mentions the situation between white people and black people during apartheid and also deals with the romance between Paulus and Thebedi. It indicates the racist society during apartheid in South Africa. Liam O’Flaherty cleverly interests the readers in the opening paragraph. Flaherty enthusiastically created a powerful atmosphere in the first paragraph to interest the readers. He does this by first describing the darkness of the city using the first few lines of the first paragraph. He uses phrases such as “June twilight faded into night” and “Dublin lay enveloped in darkness”. The words “night” and “darkness” obviously indicate that it is night time in Dublin and its dark. This also portrays that the place is treacherous and evokes the feeling of stealth. The way Flaherty has expressed his feelings in words, makes the readers think of the place being spooky. It gives a scary feeling to the readers. Whereas he also interests the reader by describing the quiet “darkness”. To describe the “darkness” of the city, Flaherty uses natural imagery in form of the “moon” shining in the mono “darkness”, which makes the readers believe it is dark because the moon can only be seen at “night” time. Another way Flaherty makes the atmosphere strong and powerful, is by giving the readers the feeling that “The Sniper” is trapped in the Dublin city. The first hint is given in the first line of the first paragraph, the word “enveloped” is used to describe the atmosphere. An envelope is used to seal letters inside them, in this situation this could be the sniper instead of the letter. Subsequently the writer also uses the word “beleaguered” in his first paragraph. This implies that “The Sniper” is trapped and he is in a dangerous place and is surrounded by his enemies. Thereafter Flaherty portrays the feelings or danger to the readers.

“Around the beleaguered Four Courts the heavy guns roared. Here and there through the city machine guns and rifles broke the silence of the night”. This reflects that the place is a very dangerous place and the atmosphere feels as if it is a war place. Guns and rifles are dangerous weapons and are used in wars and these being used in Dublin city means that there is a war going on here. Flaherty uses similes to describe the explodes of the “guns and rifles”. He has interestingly narrated trough his writing that “The Sniper” is lonely in the city. He evokes that “The Sniper” is alone and has no one with him to accompany him. From the tree short stories I am focusing on “The Sniper” and “The Landlady involves suspense within them. Where on one in “The Sniper” the suspense is created whilst “the Sniper is trying to smoke and another when the writer mentions that he is trapped on the roof and anything...
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