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ENC1102 Literary Analysis

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Lindsay Weller ENC1102: Wednesday Night Class September 14, 2005 Literary Analysis “Fiction” is a term used to describe stories that are not entirely factual, but possibly shaped from truths, with elaborations to make the story a bit more interesting. Whether or not the details are true is unimportant; the author’s intent is to make you feel as though you are in the story and provide a temporary escape from reality. It is the interchangeable elements of fiction that allow the reader this escape. These elements create the stepping stones through the story, taking you through the highs and lows of the plot. The stories “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant and “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker utilize many of these elements, some are shared and some contrasting. Both stories, however, no matter which are the most important in them, utilize these elements to help the audience relate the story’s characters to real life. One common theme in both “The Necklace” and “Everyday Use” is the internal conflict within the characters. Mathilde is a middle-class woman seeking a life better than hers and suffers low self esteem as a result. Maupassant states in the beginning of the story that she “had no dowry, no expectations, no means of being known, understood, loved” or “wedded by any distinguished man.” She is embarrassed by her financial situation and even says that she no longer visits her rich friends because it depresses her. Maggie in “Everyday Use” is shaped by Walker as the self-conscious sister, who forever
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Weller 2 lives in the shadow of glamorous Dee a.k.a. Wangero. Maggie most likely is shy and timid as a result of her scars from the fire. She sits idly for the most part and listens to
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