Essay about The And Fall Of The Novel ' The Narrative Of Cane '

2453 Words Oct 25th, 2016 10 Pages
Both novels provide proof that a novel does not need an overarching plot or continuous characters. Despite appearing as distinct parts or stories, the narrative becomes both clearer and more complex when the parts are joined. The rise and fall of each narrative, or their cyclical style, allows for a more in-depth theme to be more prominantently pronounced. These themes, mostly revolving around the characters in the novels, are emphasized by the disjoined parts in a way that a normal narrative, which follows a linear and cohesive path, cannot. This cyclical movement of the novel also serves to prevent readers from being able to read the sections out of order, though this may seem counterintuitive, and allows the novel’s ideas to be reiterated in a more efficient way than other novels.
The more united of the two novels is Winesburg, Ohio. Apart from having a character that shows up in almost every story, these stories also centers on a specific town unlike the narrative of Cane. However, the nature of the novel gives a clear distinction to each part. James Mellard distinguishes four different types of stories in his essay about the novel. He lables them as “symbolic, emblematic, and thematic stories and stories of incident,” and then goes on to explain which stories fall under which categories (1304). Then, at the end of his essay, he explains that “it is valid to assume, then, that in each new composition a form emerged that allowed for a focus on that dominant element”…

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