Analysis of Fictional Techniques Paper
Team C’s Paper is an Analysis of Fictional Techniques on The Child’s Story by Charles Dickens, The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry, and The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. The team focused the following three techniques: 1) Nature of Narration; 2) Nature and level of description included in the story; and 3) Use of Setting. Several questions have been answered concerning the different effects produced by each of the authors’ use of these techniques. Content of the Story and How it is Written and Told
The Gift of the Magi
The Gift of the Magi is an unselfish love story that is shared between a husband and a wife and the true love they felt for each other. This story has a surprise effect with several unanticipated circumstances taking place in this story. The Gift of the Magi is about a married couple who live in a large city and only have an income of a mere $20 a week. The ending of this short story comes as a bit of a surprise and focuses on what is true and real with love. There is a lesson learned at the end and drives the reader to focus on his or her inner being. The reader is told that those who give, get and those that give of themselves are the wisest. The Tell-Tale Heart
While reading The Tell Tale Heart it is very hard to decipher between how the story was written and the contents of the story. The main character of the story does not change. In the beginning of the story the narrator experiences conflict between not having a life with passion and being a madman. Throughout the entire story the narrator focuses on murder and the evil that he sees. The insane person who is revealed in the beginning of the story is proven to be the insane person at the end of the story.
The Child’s Story
The nature and the content of The Child’s Story and how it is written are through the grandfather telling a story to his grandson and referring to himself as the traveler. The contents of the story are told in such a way that the reader can visualize what it occurring and what the writer feels. The form in which the story is told is through memories of the past, present and future time spent with the family who the writer loved so dearly. The content of the story starts when the child is very young. Then the child becomes a young boy and then a young man. The writer describes all the occurrences that the grandson and grandfather encounter together. The story goes on to read that the grandson becomes a young man and falls in love, gets married and becomes too busy to spend time with his grandfather. The grandchild sits beside his grandfather in the end of the story and the grandfather is having flashbacks about his life with his family. Do Form and Content Work Against One Another?
The Gift of the Magi
In the story The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry, the form and content seem to work against one another. This is due to both characters selling items that meant so much to them. In the end, the reader sees that their love is what caused the purchase of the gift in the first place. The setting, being in the home and the store, was perfect for the story. The narrator could have been anyone, because it was spoken in third person. The Tell-Tale Heart
In Edgar Allan Poe’s story, The Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator is the character who killed the old man. There was no surprise that the narrator was the character in the story because he spoke of himself throughout the story. The setting was in a simple room; the nature and level of description was rather bleak. In the end; however, the story came together. The Child’s Story
The Child’s Story, by Charles Dickens, begins with a child narrator who speaks of a journey of someone who meets people of different ages, doing different life activities. He first meets up with a child, then a boy, then a young man, a middle aged man, and an older man. Each person is doing something different, but soon disappears. In the end the child tells the...
References: Mills, M (2003) “Crafting the Very Short Story, An Anthology of 100 Masterpieces,” The Child’s Story by Charles Dickens, pgs 95 – 98.
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