Thewhole of Edith`s Story is narrated in a third-person point of view.Her life turns around when the Nazis come after her family the Jews.She faces external conflict from the War atmosphere and the internalconflict from the struggle to remain brave and camouflage as aChristian while in hiding until the war ends.
Theprotagonists in the story `The Real Thing` are the low-class subjectscomprising of Oronte and Miss Churm. The low-class subjects outdo theMonarchs antagonists of the story, as models for the unnamedaspiring painter in the story. The author uses diction to create anaristocratic satire.
Thecentral theme of the story, ‘A New England Nun` is that of Choiceand Consequences. Louisa has to choose between having a solitary lifeand marrying Joe. By selecting to get married, Louisa has to give upher single, straight, organized and quiet life. On the other hand, ifshe rejects to marry Joe, the community will disapprove her of herrebellion toward their customs. Choosing to her independence andsolitude is the denouement of this story.
Thesetting of The Yellow Wallpaper story is in the late nineteenthcentury in a nursery room in the old mansion. The conflict in thisstory is the narrator and her husband over how to treat her illness.The first person narration in the story shows the struggle of a womanwho discovers her powerlessness from her husband`s actions.
Thecouple, Mr. and Mrs. Waythorn forms the protagonist and antagonistrespectively. Mr. Waythorn tries to convince his wife to let herex-husband visit their child even when he is weary of him. The maintopic of the story, ‘easy as an old shoe,` is symbolic as it bestdescribes Mrs. Waythorn`s character. She has had many previousmarriages and is easy to be manipulated.
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