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With reference to "The Destructors" by Graham Greene and "Tony Kytes, Arch Deceiver" by Thomas Hardy, show how they both fit into the genre of 'the short story' by being so well constructed that every detail is important to the final effect.

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Emily Hooker 31st January 2002 Short Story Comparisons With reference to "The Destructors" by Graham Greene and "Tony Kytes, Arch Deceiver" by Thomas Hardy, show how they both fit into the genre of 'the short story' by being so well constructed that every detail is important to the final effect. The short story is a genre in its own right because it is concise and introduces the characters into the story in the first few paragraphs. These two short stories fit the definition because they follow the guidelines of introducing the characters into the first paragraph, and the story line is very concise and does not go into different parts that are not relevant to the story. 'The Destructors' written by Graham Greene is about a teenage boy called Trevor or 'T' for short. T is not described in much detail in the short story, but you know he is a member of a group of boys who are younger than him and that his father was a former "architect and present clerk." ...read more.

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Greene has only told you the things you need to know that are relevant within story, and he does not go into to any depth about what the group of boys are like at school because there is no need to. Green wrote 'The Destructors' in an omniscient view, which allows him in the short story, too explain exactly what is going on for example "The gang had gathered round". Greene has written it so the reader has to read in, beyond and between the lines. He has done this by giving the only necessary details. All the sentences are varied from being long and short, although there are a few more shorter sentences throughout the short story. The paragraphs are not long winded either, as the pace of the story has to be quick. They do not constantly go into lots of detail, unlike in a novel where there is no limit to what the author can write. ...read more.

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The paragraphs are also reasonably short, but the sentences are fairly long. Hardy wrote the short story in an omniscient view, which allows him to explain exactly what is going on. There is also a lot of dialogue in the story, which is the same as in the Destructors. The title 'Tony Kytes And The Arch Deceiver' represents that the story goes round like an arch and you will always end up at the bottom. In both short stories there is a message. Thomas Hardy's message is "you can't have everything you want, and you have to make up your own decisions otherwise someone else will do it for you. "The message behind "The Destructors" is "Not to underestimate children." Both stories fit into the genre of a short story because of the way in which they both introduce the characters, the scene in the first few paragraphs, and that they have very descriptive sentences which make a very direct paragraph. Both stories also have a moral, which makes the reader read beneath and in between the lines to make the short stories very interesting. ...read more.

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