Essay on The Short Story Genre

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The Short Story Genre

The idea behind the short story genre is to convey a message or point to the reader economizing on words. Unlike the novel, every part of the short story is important. Paragraphs and even the title mean much more to the story. In the short story the title is likely to be a way that the author emphasizes a message to the reader and points her in a direction of thinking. The title can also symbolize or capture a distinct purpose. The story "Birds with No Feet" by Andrea Barrett, is a story of a hunter's dream to become famous and live well off of his dream of hunting. But his dreams are repeatedly smashed as a result of fire, sickness, or being beaten to his goal by another man. In this story, I discussed with
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Alec is having poor luck in his life. Wallace is doing quite well. Alec decides he must find something that Wallace has not found, in attempts to outdo Wallace. Alec thinks back to his days at the museum from when he was young. He remembers the bird without any feet. So he decides if he can find one of these he will get rich and become famous. So Alec sets out. He reaches the land where birds have no feet, but to his horror, this bird species does have feet! He discovers then that educated, "superior;" western world of science had put a bird in a museum and mislabeled it. Not only had they mislabeled it but also they even made up a story about how it takes flight without its feet and how it never lands in its whole lifetime. This not only sinks Alec's hopes, but also makes the western world of science seem somewhat nonsensical. All these world-renowned, college-graduated, professors did not consider that the native people just cut off the feet of these birds to make them easier to skin Through this passage, the native people seem more down-to-earth with a sensible intelligence, and the "modern" or "civilized" people of the western world of science seem witless, too caught up in their scientific pursuits to think practically. This part of the story also points out the lack of attention from the scientists towards the natural environment of the jungle, and the lives of

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