. Stylistic Analysis of “Louise” by William Somerset Maugham

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William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) is one of the best known writers of the present day. He was not only a novelist, but also one of the most successful dramatists and short-story writer. The short-story “Louise” was published in 1936. This story is about the woman who used to get everything what she wants using her “weak heart”. The gist of the problem raised by the author in this story is relationship between people. This problem is always urgent. The main idea conveyed by the author is that some people can be so selfish that they ready to ruin the lives of others (even the members of their own family) in order to achieve their aims. The story is written in a form of narration. The narration is conducted on 1st person. It is not pointed where the action takes place in. The story is characterized by gripping narrative and deep emotional impact. It is permeated with irony. Narration broken by ironical portrayal of the main character Louise. For example, “She had too much delicacy ever to make a direct statement, but with a hint and a sigh and a little flutter of her beautiful hands she was able to make her meaning plain”. The prevailing moods of the story are ironical and emotional. This story is realistic in style. It is reveals human virtues and vices. The story “Louise” has an gripping and fast-moving plot. The plot of the story is complicated. The story has the following composition: there are no exposition. The development of the plot begins from the first paragraph. The climax is logically reached in dialogue between the narrator and Louise. The denouement is shown in the last paragraph. The elements of plot ordered chronologically. There are two main characters: Louise and the author himself, where Louise is a antagonist and the author is protagonist. There are also some flat characters such as Tom Maitland, the first husband of Louse; George Hobhouse, her second hubsband, and her daughter Iris. The author reveals the nature of his characters through...
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