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Steven McCommon CRW 1101: Fiction Writing Section 1650 Monday, periods E1-E3 It is often advantageous for authors to exploit human emotions in order to elicit a specific response from the reader. This appeal to pathos relates to external shock according to the Scottish author Anne Grant who says, “Just as the body goes into complete shock after physical trauma, so does the human psyche go into shock after the impact of a major loss.” Mimicking this “trauma” can create its own energy, propelling the plot forward, while simultaneously investing the reader in the story. Raymond Carver’s “So Much Water So Close to Home,” allows the discovery of a young women’s body, to perpetuate a change in the narrator’s self-conceptions. Carver at first only hints to a traumatic occurrence in an uncomforting conversation between husband and wife. The phrase “She was dead.” alerts the reader immediately. This shocking event has a dramatic effect on the female narrator as the story progresses. Her inability to comprehend why her husband continued fishing while a potential murder victim lie in a river nearby, leads the central character
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2010 for the course QW crw1123 taught by Professor Bobsanchez during the Spring '10 term at University of Kelaniya.

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