The Blue Jar
The Blue Jar contains a variety of important elements in terms of prose fiction. With a unique plot structure, manner of symbolism, theme, and depiction of characters, Dinesen develops an interesting work of fiction that seeks to instill certain ideals in the reader. The point of view is that of an omniscient narrator. The Blue Jar’s plot follows the track of exposition, rising action, climax, falling action in a unique manner with a “double plot” mechanism. Also, it isn’t solely up and down in plot, but instead many twist and turns are discovered during the course of the plot as well. The effect of this unusual double plot exposes Helena’s character and her changes throughout the poem. The opening two paragraphs functions as the mini plot. The exposition introduces us to the main character, Lady Helena and her father, an old rich Englishman. They sail around the world to such places as Persia, Japan and China collecting blue china. The rising action is brief and consists of two words, “It happened.”, then the climax happens rapidly. The boat they are traveling on catches on fire and Helena is forgotten. The narrative pattern can make one briefly have the sensation a tragedy was taking place, because Helena was considered dead. Luckily, a young English sailor rescues her and carries her to a waiting lifeboat. The Falling action in the mini plot is their nine-day ordeal of floating for nine days before they are recovered. The conclusion of the concise plot is the Dutch merchantmen ship, Helena’s return to England, her reunion with her father and finally, the father paying and sending the young sailor who rescued her to the other hemisphere. The mini plot affects Helena in many ways. It shows the bond that Helena and her father have because they travel the world together. The old Englishman loves his daughter very much, “The old lord had believed his daughter to be dead. He now wept with joy, and at once took her off to a fashionable...
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