These stories create a frame work in understanding the various literature disciplines. In particular, the stories underline the power of suspense in literature. Time and space are limited in the readers mind in order to create a taste for anxiety and anticipation. Use of dramatic narrative and fiction has been applied into many of these stories to enable the reader to understand the most complex matters. Fancy whose works resonates widely in the stories provides an imaginary craft work which tries to convince a fiction.
During the reading process, I encountered various challenges and obstacles and at the same time made some observations. The major challenge that I encountered was that; the characters were not revealed clearly through conflict and adversity. This anticipation created fear, worry and suspense of what was going to happen next. I also observed that the use of mystery and puzzle was frequently incorporated. The puzzle set by the authors created a curiosity on how the characters would solve problems and the answers to those problems. Dramatic irony was also widely used. For instance, in the short story “There’s Always the Angels,” the author uses dramatic irony when he says “But that’s the awful part,” he moaned. “Look at what’s happening to the one you are living in.” I also observed that the authors applied the use of subtext. Subtexts are used to portray characters physical state, emotions and feelings (Kay, 1997). For example, in the short story “There’s Always the Angels’” the young man looked up at the old man and noted that his eyes were wet.
Language plot used on these stories exhibits five major parts. The first part to introduce a story is known as the exposition and it represents an introduction. The second part is the conflict where the authors introduce the stories. Rising action is the third element where we encounter crisis, tension and excitement. Climax or the turning point is the fourth part and comprises of emotions and interests. The last part of the stories is the resolution or the conclusion that ends the stories either with suspense or fancy.
- Kay, Paul. “Words and the Grammar of Context.” (1997)
- Salkey, Andrew. West Indian Stories. 1st ed., London, Faber And Faber, 1960,.