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Running head: ANALYZING A SHORTAnalyzing a Short Story and a PlayTashawn BlackshearENG 125 - Introduction to LiteratureKathy KnechtJuly 16, 20121
ANALYZING A SHORTAnalyzing a Short Story and a PlayWhen reading certain literary works we are sometimes able to see the similarities anddifferences between them.Noticing these similarities and differences is what helps us to digdeeper into the story in order to set them apart.The purpose of this paper is to compare andcontrast “The Proposal” by Anton Chekhov, and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by JamesThurber.These literary works share the same theme of gender roles and marriage.“TheProposal” is a play/drama, and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is a short story.In this analysisI will examine the content, form, and style of both literary works.Content is one of the most important elements in any literary work.It helps the reader tounderstand what the meaning behind the story is.“The Proposal” has three main charactersStephan (a land owner), Natalya (his daughter), and Ivan (a neighbor).The play starts off withIvan coming over dressed up to propose to Stephan’s daughter.When first reading the beginningof this play I thought that Ivan was a homosexual male.These thoughts were formed because ofhow Stephan addressed him as “my darling”, “my angel”, and “my treasure” [ CITATION Clu \l1033 ].After reading further I realized that this is the way Stephan addresses Ivan.Ivan alsoreveals to himself that he’s truly not interested in Natalya, but he would rather settle with herthan wait to find true love.What makes this play entertaining is how the characters exaggeratethe arguments between each other.Ivan comes to propose to Natalya, but ends up arguing withher over things that have nothing to do with the proposal.It also seems clear that the neighborstruly do not like each other, but are courteous towards each other because they are neighbor.Thefirst revelation of this conclusion is when Stephan mentions “He's come to borrow money! Shan'tgive him any” [ CITATION Clu \l 1033 ].The two main arguments these characters haverevolved around who owns “Oxen Meadows”, and whose hunting dog is better.These2
ANALYZING A SHORTarguments seem to be more about who has more financially/socially than the objects they arefighting over.Through these arguments one can clearly see how much the neighbors do not getalong.Once Natalya finds out the purpose of Ivan’s visit all her anger is replaced with sadnessand hysterics over a possible missed opportunity.Overall this play shows you how people are

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