Short Stories Review

Topics: Protagonist, Antagonist, Boy Pages: 19 (6946 words) Published: September 13, 2011
Parts to this review:
Point of View

I. Setting
The Destructors: around 1948 - 1950 England - London
Little Cloud: 20th century 1920s or maybe 30s Ireland - Dublin I’m a Fool: 20th century, after WWII USA - southern state Just Lather, that’s all: early 1900s, during revolution Mexico A special occasion: modern day - 1960s USA, children’s hospital Defender of the Faith: May, 1945 Camp Crowder, Missouri, USA Paul's Case: 1900 - 1920 time frame Boston & New York, USA The Catbird Seat: 1950s maybe later USA, city, corporate office The Lottery: circa 20th century, or modern times unknown - Europe or North America The Enchanted Doll:

Thus I Refute Beelzy: 20th century Western culture
The Rocking-horse Winner 20th century USA
Miss Brill: Sunday (modern times - 1960s?) Park
A Clean, Well-lighted Place: Late at night, city in Europe or North America

II. Characters
Protagonist: Usually the main character, and the one whom the reader sympathizes or in some way identifies with. This character is commonly “the good guy”. Antagonist: Usually the opponent of the main character, who in some way prevents or obstructs the protagonists goal in the story. This is often “the bad guy”. Types of characters:

Flat: Not much is known about the character. Reader doesn’t usually see this characters thoughts or feelings. Character can be summed up in one or two sentences. Stereotype: a type of flat character that is commonly found in fiction. Round: A more complex character. The reader usually sees this characters thoughts and feelings. This type of character usually faces some dilemma. Dynamic: Any character that changes during the course of the story. Round characters are usually dynamic. The Destructors

Protagonist: Trevor. Round, dynamic character. He has many parts to his personality, and the reader sees his thoughts and feelings as he tries to complete his plan to destroy the house. he changes in the story from a timid new member of the gang, to a motivated, driven leader. Antagonists: Blackie Flat: we see his actions, but not this thoughts and feelings. Mr. Thomas/Old Misery Flat, but we do see some of his qualities of kindness. Little Cloud

Protagonist: Little Chandler Round, dynamic: we see his thoughts and actions. He is tired of Dublin, and wants to succeed as a writer. He is also too scared to act on his desires. He faces a dilemma of leaving vs. staying. He changes in the end when he sees the break down of his life, but resigns himself to it. Antagonists: Gallaher Flat: He is the world traveller, and is arrogant, but shallow. Not a complex character. Serves as the catalyst to force Chandler to think about his own life. Annie the wife Flat: she is cranky and unreasonable. She doesn’t like Chandler in some ways, and is abusive to him at the end of the story. Her purpose in the story is to make Chandler upset about his life. I’m a Fool

Protagonist: Swipe (but not in the regular way - he is not a liked protagonist) Round, but not dynamic: Reader sees much of what the swipe thinks and feels. he is not too smart, he envies people who have succeeded, and he is a lower class person. He is not dynamic because he does not learn abything from his experience. he blames his poor outcome on factors other than himself. Antagonists: Man in Windsor tie Flat: reader only gets quick picture of him. he represents “snobbery” on the part of the upper class, and that which the Swipe resents in society. Is not a true antagonist, but is only perceived as one by the swipe, who displaces his anger at the world of affluent people, and anger at his own failures, upon this stereotypically rich and affluent man. Himself - The swipe is the cause of his own misfortune

Just lather, that’s all:
Protagonist: Barber Round and dynamic: The entire story centers around the barber’s thoughts, so the barber is very developed. He is proud of his work, and his profession. He decides he is not a...
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