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In Sakis The Open Window storytelling turns into deception as an imaginative young girl perpetrates on an unsuspecting nervous man and even the reader.

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Kaitlyn Smith Critical Analysis: The Open Window 1/21/12 The Open Gullibility In Saki's The Open Window storytelling turns into deception as an imaginative young girl perpetrates on an unsuspecting nervous man and even the reader. The action and irony throughout the story revolve around the apparent deception that Mrs. Sappleton's niece practices. It remains to be seen, however, whether this deception is a harmless prank or the result of a sinister disposition. The story is also deceptive being a story within a story. The larger form is that of Mr. Nuttel's arrival at Mrs. Sappleton house for the purpose of introducing himself to her. Within this narrative frame is the second story about Mrs. Sappleton's 15 year old niece, Vera, whose name ironically means "truth". ...read more.

Middle

The story is written in third person, even though all of the characters are emotionally developed, it allows the irony to take place. Even the story starts in irony in its exposition. He came to talk with the aunt, but without her coming down and the girl entertaining him, the story would have never happened if the aunt would have answered the door. The following rising action is where the girl tells her tall tale and he meets the aunt. Ironically, the reader and Mr. Nuttel think she is insane, but in reality she is telling the truth, which sets up the climax. In the climax the "ghosts" come back and he runs for the door. Falling action is also ironic because the reader finds out that Vera was lying to the man and even lies to the aunt, leaving the family to think he is insane. ...read more.

Conclusion

try to provide an opening for romance or fable through the open window with a tall tale that provided an opportunity for Mr. Nuttel to think that there was a possibility for such a fictitious tale. Saki gives the reader the conflict between reality and imagination, sanity and insanity. He demonstrates how difficult it can be to distinguish between them. Not only does the unfortunate Mr. Nuttel fall victim to the story's joke, but so does the reader. The reader is at first inclined to laugh at Nuttel for being so gullible. However, the reader, too, has been taken in by Saki's story and must come to the realization that he or she is also inclined to believe a well-told and interesting tale and question sanity. In The Open Window, Saki forms deceit for the reader by keeping the story's symbol, plot, and even characters ironic. ...read more.

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