Write about three short stories you have studied, explain how the writers keep the reader interested & involved?
The stories which I have chosen to explain how the writers keep the reader involved and interested in the story are “The Landlady” by Roald Dahl “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl and “The Flypaper” by Elizabeth Taylor.
In “the Flypaper” we learn that Sylvia is scared and she puts up with unpleasant experiences without complaining. This is shown in the quote “because of her docile manner she did not complain of her misery she suffered in Miss Harrisons darkened parlour” Taylor shows this in the opening so that the reader is kept involved in the story and the readers attention is grabbed by teaching us how upsetting Sylvias life has been and how its been for her loosing her mother at such a young age, together this makes the reader want to read on so we can learn more about what has happened to Sylvia in her life and how she has struggled at times.
In the first paragraph Taylor shows Sylvias emotions and feelings this is shown in the quote “because of her docile manner she did not complain of her misery she suffered in Miss Harrisons darkened parlour” this makes it sound a lot more serious and shows the reader in the beginning of the story that Sylvia is upset of her misery but yet remains silent.
Taylor also maintains the readers contemplation at the beginning by showing Sylvia`s mother has passed away this is shown in the opening of the third paragraph “Since her mothers death Sylvia had grown glum and suller”. It makes the reader want to know how Sylvia managed life when she was an orphan, and managing life without her mother. I think this is a very good technique Taylor has used to keep the reader fascinated and involved in the story, this is also shown in the quote “since her mothers death her life had taken a sharp turn for the worse and she could not see how it would be any better, she had no faith in freeing herself from it even when she was grown up” this makes us feel that she has no hopes of anything nice happen to her.