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COMPARISON AND CONTRAST OF NADINE GORDIMER'S WAYS OF ENDING HER STORIES

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COMPARISON AND CONTRAST OF NADINE GORDIMER'S WAYS OF ENDING HER STORIES Nadine Gordimers stories make enormous demands upon the reader. Mostly on the first reading it's even hard to know what's actually going on. But gradually a densely concentrated image or an idea will develop after reading over the story again and concentrating on some particular parts, like for example the endings. Indeed you should pay much attention to them. Even through nearly every of them are slightly different, they indicate what you should think about and leave you with a curious eagerness to find out more, to get to know what happens next. In fact I am sure that Nadine Gordimer just wants us to make our mind work and mull over the main meaning of the story, to uncover what she wants to express with it. In many cases, the conclusion of the story is what impresses you most. Some writers don't realise this fact and they destroy the whole piece of work by an unsuitable ending. But Nadine Gordimer's conclusions are marvelous. If you would miss it you won't be able to get the point of the story because it encompasses much very important information. ...read more.

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Even through the importance of all of the endings is fairly comparable there is a slightly difference between some of them, as brought up before. The difference consists for example of the form. Nadine Gordimer never leads the reader to a completely closed conclusion; there always settle some unanswered questions. Sometimes there are more questions than another time. In stories "An Intruder" and "Africa Emergent" the reader really would like to get to know a lot more. What happens to Marie and James, will they stay together? What about the child? And what befalls to "him" after he comes out of the prison? These endings are pretty incomplete, there are still some things that we would like to know, while the ending of "Happy Event" is quite, but not completely, complex. Ella goes to Europe, Lena to prison and after she comes out shoe won't work at Ella's house anymore. The only thing that would be attractive to us and we don't get to know it, is if Ella will go on feeling guilty for what she has done. I am sure that the reason why Gordimer doesn't tell us these facts is that they are not important or she just wants us to assume the possibilities. ...read more.

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Because that's not the way life goes. Gordimer writes in a very realistic way that shoes rather the sad, than the happy sides of life. Actually in case of "Happy Event" you may hesitate and try to argue that the story ends in a fortunate way for Ella because she goes to Europe, and that's what she was dreaming about for so long. But we have to become aware of what preceded the trip - a cruel murder, and we even don't know if Ella is truly happy or if she enjoys the trip at all. A good way of making people think and wake their interests is to irritate them, exactly in that way how Gordimer irritates her readers with the endings. How could be Marie so blind and immature for ages and than grow up "in a second"? How is it possible that a system is SO unfair and unjustly like in case of Ella and Lena? And how does the narrator of "Africa Emergent" even dare to make him innocent for Elias' death? Simply said, Nadine Gordimer is that kind of writer that can give a true picture of what's going on, and can make it very interesting to the reader. ...read more.

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