How Fictional Elements help us Understand a Short Essay

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How Fictional Elements help us Understand a Short Story


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The Fictional Elements of most short stories help the reader grasp a better meaning of the
theme. Some Fictional elements are the character, setting, point of view and symbolism. In
this essay I will show how these fictional elements help readers develop a better
understanding of the theme in a short story. Each element is important in there own ways,
but yet still linked to each other to complete the story. In Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar
Rice Burroughs and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner the elements help us understand
what is going on in the story. It helps the reader look deeper into the story and to see
what the author wants us to get out of it.



Each element helps the reader differently, for instance In Tarzan of the Apes


The main character is described as a man who is different then any normal man. This man
was extraordinary because his senses were so perfect that they could be used for survival
anywhere he went. He was a man brought up by apes, and was taught differently then normal
people. Do to the fact that Tarzan was brought up by apes he acted differently then other
people. He dressed different and thought differently. This man was a beast trapped in a
jungle. Tarzan did not know anything about life, but how to survive in a wild environment.
This is ironic to me how the description of Tarzan fits in with the setting of the story.
A wild man who knows no better, but how to survive in a wild environment is trapped in a
jungle. The jungle fitting the description of Tarzan meaning the jungle has wild elements,
wild animals, and a wild atmosphere. Tarzan knows no other environment, but the jungle.
The jungle to Tarzan is a safe zone because that is the place that comforts him most.
Since the author describes the setting as being a jungle we can get the feel on what kind
of person the character is. This also works in vice versa meaning the description of
Tarzan tells us on how wild the jungle could be.



The point of view in every story effects what the reader will be able to view in that
story. Everything that we know about the story comes from the author and how he wants to
tell it. In Tarzan the story was told to us in the third person narrator, meaning the
person telling the story does not take place in the story. In Tarzan of the apes the
narrator shows us the feeling of Tarzan and Jane’s inner feeling towards each other.



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