In the short story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver his choice of narrative point of view is a glance into a cruel, non filtered mans first-person outlook on life. It provides a more depth view into the emotions, and stray of the narrator. When the narrator “speaks,” his mood and inner traits are revealed by his tone of “voice.” This adds to the powerfulness of the story because we hear things he doesn't directly or intentionally reveal; as a result, we know him at a deeper level. For instance, the narrator’s sulkiness of others’, close relationships with his wife (who is never named) is apparent from comments he makes. The unnamed narrator is self-absorbed, concerned only with how the visit with Robert will affect him.
This help the author be more believable in the essay. Telling each section in different perspective help this essay from being bias. Also this allowed the readers to connect with character but not only the author. Ascher is very effective in using personal experience to prepare the reader for her conclusion. The three stories were very different from one another and this allow Ascher to effectively express a universal definition of compassion and empathy.
In fiction, the narrator controls how the audience connects to and perceives the various characters in a story. A good author can manipulate the narration to connect the audience to certain characters and deepen the reader’s understanding of their conflicts. In “Previous Condition” and “Sonny’s Blues,” James Baldwin illustrates themes of loneliness and isolation in the pursuit of finding a space that feels like home. Although this theme is clear in both stories, Baldwin is able to portray it very differently in each story through the relationship he allows the reader to the characters struggling with these feelings. While “Previous Condition” provides a more intimate relationship to the narrator, “Sonny’s Blues” is able to deliver an additional level of understanding by telling the story through Sonny’s brother, therefore disconnecting the reader in a way that forces him or her to share the characters’ feelings of isolation and confusion.
Malcolm Gladwell’s “What the Dog Saw” People’s reliance on the straw man theory is prevalent in today’s world, and is an adequate yet shallow way of expressing one’s opinions and denouncing the counterarguments. The straw man theory occurs when someone ignores a person's position and instead exaggerates, misrepresents, or creates a distorted version of that position. Malcolm Gladwell, like many other authors of opinion-based pieces of literature, uses this theory as a method of persuasion. Gladwell’s “What the Dog Saw” uses this theory as a method of persuasion. Gladwell, using this writing technique, builds a common belief up, then proceeds to knock it down; some argue if this method is effective.Gladwell incorporates the straw man theory into most of his essays; including “The Ketchup Conundrum” and “Something Borrowed.” To begin, "The Ketchup Conundrum" presents the question, "Why is there only one specific type of ketchup, yet many variations of other condiments?"
This is important for understanding the book because if you don’t know who the story is being told by or which side of the same story the reader is hearing. The protagonist and the antagonist of a story both have very different points of view, so which one the reader hears is crucial to the way the reader understands the
Symbolism is used differently in both works, nevertheless symbolism is an important part in the two texts. Shirley Jackson uses dialogue throughout the story to provide the background information to inform the readers what's going on. Without this craft move the problem of the story would be hard to recognize. Suzanne Collins uses dramatic irony to provide the readers background information. Lastly, Jackson uses inner thinking to get the readers predicting.
In Bartleby the Scrivener, Herman Melville uses direct and indirect characterization to give a more powerful meaning to the characters and dialogue of the short story. Melville also uses appearances and names to get his descriptions across. In the story the narrator plays a key role in which he is not just the narrator but also a character. The narrator tells the story through indirect characterization. With indirect characterization it means the story is told while leaving out clear cut details.
Literary devices are used throughout literature to help readers have a better understanding. Metaphors, for example, help readers to have a better visual to different aspects. In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,” metaphors are evident throughout the short story. The metaphors that are used throughout the short story help readers to have a better understanding of the message in “Harrison Bergeron.”
A first person narrator tells the story of the event from the memory of a witness and third person narrator tells a story from an objective point of view of one who knows more about the characters than the characters themselves. First person is more vivid and third person is more reliable. The subjective point of view of the first person makes it easy for a writer to bring an event to life with a character’s feelings and thoughts.
Rhetorical questions impact me as a reader by, engaging me into the text and also by making me think about what is being talked about in the book. Rhetorical questions impact the reading experience by bringing in new ideas and thoughts to the book, and makes you ask yourself the questions that being asked. I think that he added rhetorical questions to help the reader to think more about the book, and to help add an emphasis on what is being talked about in the book. Elie Wiesel is is trying to impact the reader and the reading experience by adding an emphasis on how what is happening doesn’t matter anymore, because they are going to end up dying anyways, whether that is in 20 years, or in 20 days; at the concentration camp or at their house. Personification: “But it was all in vain.