Short Stories – Sony’s Blues & the Yellow Wallpaper
Various stories such as oral traditions that taught a lesson, folk tales or fictional stones that were written for entertainment have been told throughout history. Although each story can be vastly different, there are specific characteristics that need to be Included to make a successful and satisfying story. One of the required characteristics is the intensive use of details that help with the readers’ visualization. Characterization is another important aspect of creating a satisfying story as it makes a character seem real and come to life. In order for a reader to learn something from story, it should contain a moral of some sort.
The intensive use of detail, characterization and inclusion of a moral are all aspects required to create a satisfying story. Intensive use of details can be seen in all of the three short stories that had been presented in Module 1. Specifically because they were short stories, the author had to present a lot of information In a short amount of time. James Baldwin story, “Sonny’s Blues,” Illustrated the use of Intensive details throughout the story, such as In the following quote: “The barbeques cook, wearing a dirty white apron, his conked hair reddish and italic in the pale sun, and a cigarette between his lips. Todd in the doorway, watching them. ” This quote from the story, illustrated with great detail what the barbeques cook was wearing, what he looked like and told a bit about his mannerisms. Without such detail, a story wouldn’t successfully satisfy a reader’s interest as it would be difficult to fully visualize what was happening in the story. To successfully engage the reader, it is Important that an author builds appropriate characterization which allows the reader to get to know the character.
Characterization gives the character a personality and makes them engaging, which can help the reader connect to the character and the story. It Is difficult to exemplify characterization In a specific quote, as It tends to build throughout the duration of a story. However, in Charlotte Perkins Sailing’s story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Gillian starts to characterize the main character’s husband as follows; “John is practical in the extreme. He has no patience with faith, an intense horror of superstition, and he scoffs openly at any talk of things not to be felt and seen and UT down in figures. Characterization tells the reader about a character’s personality, their traits and attitudes which bring the character to life. It also allows the reader to emotionally connect and form a mental relationship with those Involved In the story. A moral embedded In a story allows a reader to connect to the text by learning something through an example of behavior. For example, in the old folk tale, “The Three Little times as long to build a house of bricks. In the end the brick house withstood the force of the wolf and hard work and dedication paid off.
For a reader to be engaged in a story and to truly have a successful story, intensive use of details, characterization and a moral are extremely important. Without any one of these characteristics, it becomes hard for a reader to relate, engage or to truly “get lost” in a story.