The Boarded Window Analysis

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The Boarded Window - A short story written by Ambrose Bierce was acclaimed for its sudden and surprise ending. It was meant for contemporary audiences who could relate to bizarre forms of death and the horror of existence in the real world. His literary reputation also lied on such short stories which had reference to super natural elements. This story deals with a man whose life completely changed after the happening of a bizarre event. He had loved his wife a lot that her death turned him around. He thought that his wife would return as ghost but who knew that she had the most horrific death which came to the notice of him at the end of the story. This is where the author brings in the super natural element creating a suspense and obliqueness…show more content…
Magic realism refers to a literary genre where a story which is grounded into reality still manages to bring in certain aspects of fantasy into…show more content…
It was about a man named Murlock who belonged to the city of Cincinnati. He lived alone in a house of logs surrounded by a great forest. His house had a boarded window and no one knows the reason why it was boarded up. Murlock, who is now dead, looked older than his age and was living alone in that house. He had lost his wife whom he loved the most. Within few days due to fever, his wife passed away. He was sure that she was dead and therefore began making a coffin. He did not react similar to a normal person who would have cried. He had forgotten to cry. Later when he was done with his work, he fell as sleep. At that moment, he heard an unearthly cry which shook him up. He got up, took his loaded rifle and without aim fired it. The flash of the rifle lit the room for a moment. That’s when Murlock noticed a panther dragging his wife. Next day morning he noticed his wife mouth which had the panther’s ear stuck to her throat. The ending of the story relates to the super natural elements connecting it to magic
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