short story essay

Topics: Ray Bradbury, Short story, The Pedestrian Pages: 3 (854 words) Published: November 16, 2014
Chloe Yu
Nov.11
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How each author uses his/her protagonist to help develop the story’s theme

The theme of a story is not only a subject or topic of discourse, but also a specific

quality, characteristic or concern about life and human nature. Theme is essential in

fiction as it is the backbone of meaning in stories. Theme illustrates the main idea

about life and human nature, and the existence of theme allows readers to better

understand the author’s purpose. The short story”Identities’’by W.D. Valgardson is

about a man who lives in a wealthy neighborhood, but gets lost in a rundown area.

‘The pedestrian’ ‘by Ray Bradbury, is set in the future, where a man is arrested for

taking an ordinary evening stroll. And “The charmer’’ by Budge Wilson is a

remarkable story about a Canadian family that finds emotional conflict between

parents and their children. In all of these stories, the authors make use of round, flat

and static protagonists in order to develop specific themes reflecting on issues about

life and human nature.

In “Identities’’ by W.D.Valgardson, the author focuses on the fact the protagonist is

static and flat, which develops the theme of mistaken identities, resulting in his

death. The protagonist lives in the suburbs of an upper class gated community, but he

gets lost in a dark gritty rundown area. When he enters this area “ a certain untidiness

creeps in: a fragment of glass, a chocolate bar wrapper, a plastic horse, cracked

sidewalks with ridges of stiff grass’’(p1), which shows his discomfort in an unfamiliar

neighborhood that could pose a threat to him. He is regularly a clean-shaven man, but

in his unkempt state, blends into his surroundings, changing him. This change is one

of the reasons why he is mistaken for a robber who stole a car, causing his death. The

author uses the static and flat protagonist to demonstrate that prejudice based...
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