Essay on Analysis: Short Story Content

2333 Words Mar 19th, 2015 10 Pages
Short Story Content Analysis Essay
What is the point of any piece of great literature? Or rather, what is great literature? Some would say that accomplished literature is a way of exceptionally telling a story. However, what is the point of storytelling? In many cases, stories are told for entertainment. However, most stories have a moral or theme conveying an important message about life or how to live it. This is the point of great literature, to convey this message beautifully. Some pieces of great literature are The Story-Teller, by Saki, Geraldine Moore the Poet, by Toni Cade Bambara, and Enemy Territory, by William Melvin Kelley. To understand the themes of great literature, you must also understand how to analyze it. The content
…show more content…
To understand why these are the moods, you also need to understand the plot of the story. Two major conflicts in this story are Geraldine versus society and Geraldine versus herself. The first conflict is external, which is how Geraldine’s society’s economy is doing so bad that her family does not even have enough money to live in their own home anymore. This ultimately causes Geraldine and her sister to move in with Miss Gladys, their neighbor. This is an important conflict because it directly influences Geraldine’s life in mental and physical ways, causing her to be pessimistic. The second conflict is internal, which is Geraldine versus herself. This is an important conflict because it builds up to the theme. Geraldine is in an unfortunate situation, but it is her own choice to either make the best or the worst out of it. 4The climax of the story is when Geraldine poetically tells the teacher that she cannot write a poem. This is the climax because the rest of the story is building up to this moment. Before she tells the teacher she cannot write a poem, it is told to the reader that Geraldine did not do her homework because she was too stressed and distracted by her hardships. This makes the reader wonder what will happen to Geraldine for not doing her homework. The author would not have added this information if she did not want to foreshadow and emphasize the

Related Documents