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Frank O'Connor believes that short stories are about isolated individuals who undergo a 'frontier experience'. The stories I will examine are Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl, The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant and The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy.

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Frank O?Connor believes that short stories are about isolated individuals who undergo a ?frontier experience?. With reference to three or four short stories you have read, how useful do you find O?Connor?s theory? Frank O?Connor?s claimed that short stories look at isolated individuals who undergo a frontier experience. They represent outsiders in society and are essentially about human loneliness and isolation. In this essay I will look at three different short stories in order to evaluate the importance and usefulness of his statement. The stories I will examine are ?Lamb to the Slaughter? by Roald Dahl, The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant and The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy. Short stories just like in the novels always shows us how people respond to life however the method is more limited and we get to know the character ...read more.

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We change our opinion about the characters and are left with unanswered questions. We observe the drastically changed story and characters. We can assume the reasons of what happened and analyse the foreshadows author used in the beginning of the story we haven?t notice before but we will never get an answer from the author as it is one of the elements of short stories. Similarly in ?The Necklace? we meet a woman whose life is ruined after losing an expensive as she believes necklace that she borrowed from her friend. In fear of telling her friend the true the woman and her husband borrow money to replace the jewel and work hard for ten years in order to repay a debt. ...read more.

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We remain with sad feelings and sympathy for a poor boy that was always by himself, uncured by his parents and now his innocent death was supposed to be a cure for his father?s new wife. All three stories even though different are describing characters who undergo the ?frontier experience?. There are five basic elements of a short story which are plot, characters, point of view, setting and theme. Many critics set as a minimum number just three based on Aristotle?s beginning, middle and end Explore the idea of The Outsider and what experience they go through. Desiree?s Baby ... how many characters went through frontier experience? For this essay you need to look at how the characters conform following The Frontier Experience and how they don?t. Magdalena Drozdowska ...read more.

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