Symbolism In Stranger Than Fiction

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Haliee Keys
Mrs. Love Hilliard
Creative Writing
8 April 2016
Digging Deeper Fiction is evident in so many forms all around us. Movies, plays, short stories, comic books, books, etc. the list can go on and on. Imagine how many times you’ve watched a movie and thought you were aware of exactly what was happening and that you knew every character’s motive only to find out that the least expected was going on. Imagine how many times you’ve read a book and as you were reading you encountered some minor detail about a character or a scene only to find out later that that played a key role in the story as a whole. The film, Stranger Than Fiction, teaches us that symbolism, irony of all forms, and unexpected endings are a part of fiction. Symbolism,
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As the audience progresses through the movie we think we know what is to happen. Harold’s life will continue to be narrated until it is time for his death. Instead Harold actually changes his whole life around and throughout the narration of his life we learn that he no longer wants to conform to his monotonous lifestyle. Towards the end when the audience thinks Harold is about to be hit and killed by a bus he actually does not die, while trying to save a young boy that fell out in the middle of the street however he is still hit. The impact hospitalizes him which greatly contrasts what the audience initially thought would happen. Another minute form of irony was when Anna said she wanted flowers from Harold and he brought her sacks of flour which the audience did not expect at all. In fact most would find it coy in some way. Irony emphasizes ideas and points shared throughout the story and like symbolism, adds complexity to the story as a whole. Stranger than Fiction teaches the audience that irony helps engage the audience into a story …show more content…
Fiction not only allows an audience to enjoy a display of events and people that could never exist or would be impossible but it also has the capability to take on literally any ending. Most hope for a good one but needless to say, a bad ending is always somewhat of a surprise. Harold does not die as his narrator said he would. Instead he survives with a new lease on life so to speak. Generally the audience would be happy that Harold is still alive but fiction allows everyone to interpret an ending in different ways. As the audience grows an attachment to the characters in any piece of literature they tend to make predictions. Stranger than Fiction taught me that the conclusion to anything can be as open or close ended as you wish to make

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