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A Poe analysis of the Grimm Brothers Edgar Allen Poe wrote a paper on the philosophy of writing good short fiction. It was published in a book called 'New short story theories' by Charles E May. He stated: 'What I here propound is true: -therefore it cannot die:-or if by any means it be now trodden down so that it die, it will 'rise again to the life everlasting' nevertheless, it is as a poem only that I wish this work to be judged after I am dead. P69 + 70 Perhaps he knew that his work would be most appreciated after his death, as with most artiste work. Or perhaps he is trying to calm the nerves of new writers whose stories are deemed 'un-printable' by the critics, stating that while today they may not be appreciated, in a hundred years time, they shall be analysed and admired to thousands. ...read more.


The key is to keep a reader until the very end. The only reason to do this is to give them a question, which needs answering, usually based within the plot. If you set us a question as the beginning, then the reader will be forced to continue reading until it has been answered. So the best place to put the answer it at the end. Stories should also take a narrative structure. So each event is read in term of the time frame it is presented, so one scene leads naturally into the following scene and so on. The Grimm brothers used this technique wisely. For instance, in 'Little Red Riding Hood', the story starts of with a girl being watched by a wolf, on here way to Grandmothers house. We wonder what does the wolf plan to do to her. ...read more.


The Grimm brothers used this principal in 'a hare and a hedgehog' amongst others. They started the question of a race between a hare and a `hedgehog as being a stupid race because at first glance, a hedgehog is thirty time slower than a hare. So the question was, what was the point of the story? But then as the plot progresses, the hedgehog makes some advances over the hare and we begin to doubt our initial expectations. Therefore, as more facts came to light, our desire to learn more become greater and so we continued to read to discover the truth about who is faster, the hedgehog or the hare. So the principles laid out in Poe's article have helped many other authors over the years, and even those without the aid of his teachings, they discovered these necessary theories on their own to create masterpieces with these principles amongst them. They are a necessary formula for writing publishable work and will continue to guide authors for many years to come. ...read more.

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