Everything Salvage Everything Burned Analysis

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Everything Ravaged Everything Burned by Wells Towers is another story where we can see how the author makes important stylistic choices to bring the protagonist in the spotlight and ensure the readers sympathize with him. This short story is set in the time of Viking era and gives us a real feel about how the Vikings would go on to pillaging and hurting people on different islands without having any proper reason. The protagonist, Harold, has been a part of the same marauding group for a long time now and has looted and killed several people himself. However, things change as he starts getting detached from his life of a predatory Viking when he gets married to Pila and decided to start a family. Pila, the secondary character, triggers the…show more content…
We learn about Djarf’s character as: evil, cocky, attention-seeker and dominant when we read through these details highlighted by the author. However, the important detail is the last two sentences in that paragraph which highlights that Harold(the protagonist) was becoming personally detached to his previous lifestyle due Djarf’s actions. In order to ensure the readers understand this message, Wells Tower intentionally put in at the last sentence of the paragraph because physiologically readers tend to pay more attention on the details placed at the beginning and ending of any paragraph. Upon close observation, it is interesting that Wells Tower brings out this character development in the protagonist through secondary characters through a combination of Ernest Hemingway’s and Jamaica Kincaid’s style. Wells Tower first provides us four long paragraphs filled with information about the evil actions of Djarf which creates a similar rant like effect from Girl by Kincaid. He then continues to make important organization choices like Cat in the Rain by Ernest Hemingway to ensure the readers don’t stop rooting for the
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