Unformatted text preview: Towards the end of the story, the reader can tell that the conclusion is near from the repetitions. The phrases, which are repeated, soon go on for too long and have no other details to report. The repetitions also foreshadow. Lena’s death is an example. When a new detail is introduced for the first and possibly only time, it stands out. Or when it is not mentioned again until most the plot has developed. The “good german cook” mentions after Lena dies how Lena had been gentle and sweet. This was mentioned in the very first sentence of the story and connects the start and the end of the novella. Emphasizes characters’ feelings and state of beings. Perhaps the repetitions were the only details Stein thought were needed to convey Lena’s life. The reader learns at the very end how Herman enjoys his life. He lives a content, peaceful life alone with his three children (with emphasis on alone)....
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- Fall '07
- Rhetoric, Short story, The Reader, Lena, Bruno Ganz