Frank O'Connor's 'Guests of the Nation', Philip MacCann's 'A Drive' - A comparison with regard to Irish peculiarities: A comparison with regard to Iri
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Generally one can say that a short story is a brief fiction in prose with a certain structure, namely with an introduction (exposition), a principal part (development of the conflict, turning point, climax) and finally a conclusion (either denouement or catastrophe). Short stories often begin in medias res', which means that the reader is thrown directly into the action of the story, without being elaborately informed about the earlier events. This effects a steady build up of tension and calls the reader's attention. In addition to that, this species of narrative writing usually contains an open ending or a surprising twist at the end. Instead of detailed descriptions, insinuations and sketchiness dominate, consequently the style of writing is to some extent laconic. The language can be considered to be unostentatious and simple, and so are most of the protagonists. Moreover, short stories deal with a short period of time, mostly merely a few days or weeks. Besides, this genre often deals with conflicts (either interior or exterior), a sudden turning point in peoples life or frontier experiences. In this context, the essay juxtaposes Philip MacCann's A Drive and Frank OConnor's Guests of the Nation concerning several aspects such as themes, point of view, language, style and characterization, whereas the last chapter contains a brief summary. Seminar paper aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 2+, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Veranstaltung: Irish Short Stories --- From Joyce to the Present, 7 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Englisch.