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  1. An Analysis of Nadine Gordimer's Short Stories

    The people in her stories seem to be only thinking of themselves and their actions. In "An Emissary" there is one setting where it is always summer or summer-like weather. This adds onto the lack of awareness of the presence of death, because winter is a symbol for death. I relate to these people because I often avoid the thought of death. When I actually stop to think about it I realize how much time I am wasting; this gives me anxiety, which in turn makes me block it out more. These stories made me realize that even the little things should not be held for granted because you could die at any moment.

    • Word count: 961
  2. Analysis of 'Defeat' by Osbert Sitwell. 1948.

    The German officer's interference marks the tipping point of the Captain's realization of defeat and total lack of desire to keep fighting mentally. The Captain has been through h**l and back and after his homecoming he encounters a society unable to support and grasp the magnitude of his emotional grief over fallen comrades and humiliation over lost territory. When dealing with our protagonist, the 3rd person narrator is omniscient and, consequently, we have a rather straightforward and uncensored insight to the mind and being of the Captain.

    • Word count: 935
  3. The prose style by the author of The Stranger, Albert Camus, is reflected in the description of the main character, Meursault

    The first part of the book is about the day of Meursault?s mother?s funeral. ?Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don?t know. I got a telegram from the home. ?Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.?? That doesn?t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday?(Camus 3). Meursault received bad news that his mother had died, however, his reaction to the news makes it sound like it does not matter much to him. Later on in the chapter Meursault makes the readers furious with his indifference as a son. Not shedding any tears on behalf of the death of his mother and did not carrying when and why she passed away.

    • Word count: 914

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