The Portrayal of Human Reality in Fiction Comparison Essay by Annette

The Portrayal of Human Reality in Fiction
This paper examines how human reality is portrayed in fiction.
# 5516 | 1,130 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Comparison)

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This paper looks at two different portrayals of human reality in fiction. The author compares and contrasts the characters of Peyton Farraquar from Ambrose Bierce's short story ''An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge'' and Editha from W. D. Howell's ''Editha." The author discusses how both stories are set during wartime, examines the differences in the dialogue and use of language, and the evolution of the characters during the stories.

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"The dialogue of the young lovers, although not explicitly commented upon by the narrator, is presented in just as subjective a fashion as the interior life of the main character in Bierce's story. The author selects dialogue that will eventually be shown to be ironic, that will become ridiculous. In light of the fact that the main character's boyfriend will die, all of the talk of the glory of war seems horrifying. As the story progresses, we get a sense of what sort of a war the main character's war will be fighting and the unreality she has inhabited all of her life. We learn that they were sitting on a veranda. From this reference to place, as well as the ice pitcher that she is carrying, and the reference to the Civil War, we learn that we are in the Deep South. The young man is leaving to fight World War I, a bloody war in the trenches. Neither character has any idea of how bloody this war will be."

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