The Heath Introduction to Fiction

The Heath Introduction to Fiction

Language: English

Pages: 872

ISBN: 0669355054

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Heath Introduction to Fiction

Language: English

Pages: 872

ISBN: 0669355054

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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deadening of her powers. . . . Setting. The locale for a story is (consciously or unconsciously) chosen by a writer largely as a source of potential imagery. This imagery is often more than background. It can be, as in "The Chrysanthemums," one expression of the writer's vision. In Lawrence's "The Blind Man" the setting is divided between house and farm. They provide two opposed sets of images (light, polished On Fiction 19 furniture, servants, mirror; darkness, animals, odors, physical

secret places there, they also show the danger of such a look if it results in withdrawal rather than compassion. [See Preface, p. 18 (imagery).] A 7 The Minister's Black Veil NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE The sexton stood in the porch of Milford meeting-house, pulling The old people of the village came stooping along the street. Children, with bright faces, tripped merrily beside their parents, or mimicked a graver gait, in the conscious dignity of their Sunday clothes. Spruce bachelors looked

shrank from your own sin, contrasting it with their lives of righteousness and prayerful aspirations heavenward. Yet, here are they all, in my worshipping assembly! This night it shall be granted you to know their secret deeds; how hoary-bearded elders of the church have whispered wanton words to the young maids of their households; how many a woman, eager for widow's weeds, has given her husband a drink at bedtime, and let him sleep his last sleep in her bosom; how beardless youths have made

our souls. But the teaching is much less clear than in, say, Pilgrim's Progress, that famous seventeenth-century allegory. What are we to learn from the story? "His dying hour was gloom," Hawthorne writes. Does Hawthorne's story teach us of evil in the community, in our own hearts, in both? Or does he show the danger of perceiving evil and, on its account, separating yourself a from the community? 3. The minister in them together 4. Why does to "The Minister's Black Veil" is very much make

has been alienated from him and who hates that sensuality and can experience it only in conjunction with cruelty. If, in over-the-shoulder narration, we are limited to what a single character knows, we gain intense and direct experience of consciousness. It is a very different experience from listening to a story told in ."), for in that case the event is usually the first person ("I public, an experience for an audience, while in over-the-shoulder narration, we seem to be overhearing someone's

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