Explores the concept of moralism and determinism in the short story 'The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,' by Mark Twain. Use of training in honesty and stranger's machinations as deterministic forces in the story; Assertion of Twain on absolute determinism; Capacity of the characters in the story to make moral distinctions and freedom to act in accordance with those distinctions.
Discusses how Mark Twain's short story 'The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg' puzzled critics over the problem of reconciling Twain's moralism and determinism. Review of a selection of commentaries on the work; Details on how the story was created; Stylistic analysis of the work; Comparison of the story with the book 'Paradise Lost.'
The article offers a critique of the short story “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston. Particular attention is paid to the character Delia, an American American laundress in the story, and Hurston's use of visualization and allegory within the text. It also compares her work to that of the poets Carter G. Woodson and Langston Hughes.
Discusses the important elements in the short stories 'Death in the Woods,' and 'The Egg,' by Sherwood Anderson. Impact of the clumsiness of perspective on the narrator of the first story; Association of ambition with the egg in the second fiction; Symbolism of the egg for the narrator.
Presents an interpretation of the short story `Hands,' by Sherwood Anderson. Reference to the criticism of the story by Gwendolyn Morgan; Anderson's description of Wing, the main character of the story; What the beating and pounding of Wing's fists represent.
Examines the parallels between the short story 'Hands,' by Sherwood Anderson and the book 'The Inferno,' by Dante Alighieri. Plot of the stories; Similarities of the views of the characters; Concept of suffering in the stories.
Examines different scholarly interpretations of the ending of Ernest Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants." Suggestion that the girl will have the abortion but will then leave the American; Suggested interpretation of the outcome that the girl will accede to the man's demands and proceed to Madrid where the girl will have the abortion in order to stay on with the man.
Discusses the symbolism implicit in the short story 'Hills Like White Elephants,' by Ernest Hemingway. Assumption on the comparison to the color and the rounded contour of the hills; Contrast between sorrow and joy depicted in the color symbolism involving the licorice and the hills; Symbolic significance of the title.
Analyzes the resolution of the short story "Hills Like White Elephants," by Ernest Hemingway. Summation of majority opinion on the story; Modifiers used to describe the understanding of the male character on abortion; Evidence of the inferiority complex of the man.
Part of a special issue on William Faulkner. The writer contends that Faulkner plays continually with narrative's intrinsic subjectivity, experimenting with narrative strategy to depict the teller as the tale. His short story “Barn Burning” uses an interesting variation of this usual narrative strategy—a “doubling” of perspective. This story's anonymous, omniscient narrator fuses with Sarty Snopes, the protagonist, to texture the story with a multiple narrative presence—the narrator, the young Sarty, and the mature Sarty. This narrative strategy intricately intertwines diverse levels of consciousness to compress time into a poetic moment, so that the reader simultaneously experiences the terror-stricken child Sarty's distress and the narrator's rationalizing of his suffering.
Analyzes the characteristics of the short story 'Sonny's Blues,' by James Baldwin. Reference on the short story; Use of images of light and darkness to illustrate the theme of man's painful quest for an identity; Descriptions of literary style of Baldwin.
In this article the author discusses aspects of "Sonny's Blues," a short story by author James Baldwin. The central focus of the article is the author's contention that Baldwin's notion of communal life in Harlem, New York, following the mass migration of African Americans from the southern United States to the north, created an unpredictable set of emotions and thoughts. Also examined is Baldwin's view of the Harlem of the 1940s and 1950s as an urban stage replete with a singular emotional life.
The article analyzes the wasteland created by alcoholism in the collection of personal stories in "Cathedral," by Raymond Carver. It explores the narrative of alcoholism depicted in "Cathedral," including addiction, alienation and bitter self-awareness, and hope of recovery and redemption. It examines four personal stories about alcoholic men, "Vitamins," "Careful," "Chef's House" and "Where I'm Calling From," to reveal the truth about prospect of being freed from their misery.
Examines the existential theme of the short story 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?' by Joyce Carol Oates. Assessment of the story as realistic or naturalistic; Depiction about framework of a religious allegory; Insights of the story.
Presents a stylistic analysis of Joyce Carol Oates' 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?,' a story of seduction and where spatial limitations are of crucial concern. Plot and characters of the story; Impact of the work on readers.