We saw how organization choices affects the dynamics of the story and brings out the development of the characters which makes a story beautiful. Girl by Jamaica Kincaid is an example of how punctuations can help build a tone set by the secondary character that leads to the character development of the protagonist. It is a single sentence short story which has a perfect use of ‘,’ and ‘;’ to set the pace of the story.
Wash the white clothes on Monday and put them on the strong heap; was the color clothes on Tuesday and put them on the clothesline to dry; don’t walk bareheaded in the hot sun; cook pumpkin fritters in very hot sweet oil;(…)
This short story is about the mother-daughter relationship. It focuses on the advice a mother gives to her daughter about different things in day-to-day life and how a girl should improve herself so she is never rejected in society. During the start of this story, the advice which we read would make us side with the mother as we might feel that the mother is trying to raise her child and fulfill her responsibility. As we continue to read the story, it wouldn’t be difficult to sympathize with the girl and understand that the mother is adapting incorrect ways to advise her child.
(…) is it true that you sing benna in Sunday school?; always eat your food in such a way that it won’t turn someone else’s stomach; on Sundays try to walk like a lady and not like the s...
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...sure to the first piston and the piston (first) rises. In a similar way, when you apply pressure on details about the secondary character and their ideas, it applies this pressure on the character development of the protagonist. This character development not only makes the reader sympathize with the protagonist but also makes the story dynamic. A writer makes several stylistic choices (apart from the craft) to stress details on the secondary character and build their images. These choices vary from use of punctuations, the length of paragraphs, the organization of details and a lot more. These choices help them to create the moon in their story world so that the waves can be produced on the beach. Thus, writers ensure that the secondary characters are the reason that the protagonist enjoys the spotlight, and. The readers get at least one character they can root for.
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