Apples and Oranges Essay

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Apples & Oranges There are multiple ways to write a story. One approach fills your head with such atmosphere that you know exactly where the character is going and can picture the area around this narrator. Doing this can ground you into the story and guide you along as it progresses. Another approach would be to give you enough information so that you know what’s going on but not so much that you linger on events or atmosphere. This story can put you in a place and then push you briskly through the story as you read it. When reading different stories it’s easy to find out the different atmosphere and pacing through the written piece. One would take their time trying to place you in the event of the story and give you the emotions and thoughts that were going through their head as they progressed through the events of the story. An example from Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant” does just that, “He neither stirred nor fell, but every line of his body had altered. He looked suddenly stricken, shrunken, immensely old, as though the frightful impact of the bullet had paralyzed him without knocking him down.”(154) Another approach to set the pacing and atmosphere would be to keep the reader on a need to know basis, only giving the reader small details and carrying on with the story rather quickly. This can be done simply and usually with in one sentence. Which can be seen here in Annie Dillard’s essay “The Chase”, “He chased us through the backyard labyrinths of ten blocks before he caught us by our jackets.” (203) To say that there is a right way and a wrong way to pace your story and set your atmosphere would be false. Both Orwell and Dillard are very good at crafting a story from memory. They both use methods of story telling that engages the reader and makes you want to read more. Orwell carefully uses his words to give you as much feeling and thought as

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