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In what ways are these two texts typical of a short story genre?

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Wider Reading Assignment In what ways are these two texts typical of a short story genre? The aspects of a typical short story genre are a misleading title, an unsure opening, little knowledge of characters, short time scale, little setting and a typical ending. In the two short stories ' Visitors ' and ' The Adventure of The Speckled Band ' there are aspects of both stories which show a typical short story genre. In ' Visitor ' the title is suggesting that the story will have a visitor of some description but this could be a relative, friend or even an unexpected guest. Also it may be a planned visit but either way the title is a misleading one. The visitor in ' Visitor ' is robber yet in this story a robber isn't an unwanted guest but an expected one. In reply the police are unwanted guests who not expected. " This is a robbery ", this is not the sort of thing we would call normal but in ' Visitor ' it is. The robbers in ' Visitor ' are " professional people " where as the police are not. With the police being described as " young men " something which normally would be described as robbers. The roles have been reversed in ' Visitor ' with the robbers being the usual visitors and the police being the unwanted visitors. ...read more.

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The ending in ' Visitor ' is a very confusing one. The whole story itself is quite sureal so it is no surprise that the ending is hard to work out. It ios reversed expectations of what you think is going to happen. " Look you've done a very good job, and you've a right to be proud of it " this is confusing to the reader as the robbers are being praised for there attempts at the robbery. Even more confusing at the end of the story is that the police turn up and are described as " dirty, unkempt and hardly into their teens " this a characteristic of a typical stereotype robber. The story ends on " Police, Mrs Morrison. Understand you've been robbed ", this is the shock that the description of the teenagers in the " modle panel van " were infact the police. Another short story is ' The Adventure of The Speckled Band '. This is another misleading title as a " Speckled Band " could be anything. It makes the title ambiguous as it could mean more than one thing. It is an unusual title as ' Speckled ' is a rare word which has many meanings and ' Band ' could be anything from a hairband to an elastic band. The title also excites the audience with the word ' Adventure '. ...read more.

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" It was nearly one o'clock when Sherlock Holmes returned " this is describing how time is very short and everything happens within the space of hours rather than days. The setting of the story is described as an old haunted house which consiquently reflects on its owner ( Grimesby Roylott ). Its the old cliche of a picture of ruin. The clues to the mystery are linked in with the 5 senses. All of the rooms look out onto the lawn. " while the roof was partly covered in, a picture of ruin ", the house was somewhere which would be associated with somebody like Roylott. The ending reveils the title. This adds a twist to the story with it being unexpected and shocking, almost ironic. The irony of the story is that in the end the murderer is ultimately killed by the murder weapon ( The Speckled Band ). The preditor becomes the prey. But the biggest shock of the story is that Holmes is connected with the death of Roylott. " I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. Roylott's death ". The Speckled Band is reveiled as being a snake which of course is a common reptile but the title mislead the reader into believing that it was something much different. Ambiguous title. The two stories are typical to that of a short story genre because they have ambiguous titles and have are intensified due to the fact they are so short and have very few characters. Also there is very rarely more than one setting. ...read more.

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