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I considerably agree with the quote, that real life seems to have no plots. To be more precise, from my reading of this anthology, The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende, I find that stories do not always represent reality

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A novelist once wrote: "As regards plots, I find real life no help at all. Real life seems to have no plots." From your reading of this anthology, what conclusions are you able to draw about the relationship between reading and life? I considerably agree with the quote, that real life seems to have no plots. To be more precise, from my reading of this anthology, The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende, I find that stories do not always represent reality. Stories often exist to present a set of values, and thus the predictable conclusions often distance the stories themselves from reality. Stories in this anthology have fixed conclusions, that heroes would always succeed, and villains would always suffer, which isn't always the case in real life. ...read more.

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From this respect, we can conclude that stories do not always reflect reality. Stories only function as a guide to life, teaching us the set of values that will be accepted by societies. Stories sometimes sound too bizarre to occur in real life, which in my opinion is a technique that Isabel has employed to encourage the readers to really hate the villain of the story. For example, in the story "If You Touched My Heart", I had a really difficult time accepting the fact that Hortensia is na�ve enough to stay in the sugar mill for forty-seven years, believing that Peralta has always loved her. However, her misery isn't the central focus of the story, but as a device used to raise the reader's anger towards Peralta. ...read more.

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For example, in "A Discreet Miracle", the three siblings with three completely different sets of characteristics are what contribute to their unique interactions with each other, which are also what hold up the entire story. However, real life conflicts don't often just revolve around two or three people. Instead, conflicts in real life often involve more complexity with a larger number of people. However, the extra similar characters in stories act no purpose as stories only require two characters with opposite characteristics at two either extremes to identify between heroes and villains. Conflicts in real life aren't always resolved as quickly as they do in these stories. ?? ?? ?? ?? International School of Phnom Penh 1222 Candidate name: LAI Chun Yu Page 2 of Candidate number: English International School of Phnom Penh 1222 Candidate name: LAI Chun Yu Page 1 of Candidate number: English ...read more.

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