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Visitor and The Adventure of the Speckled Band as Short Stories

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Visitor and The Adventure of the Speckled Band as Short Stories

The two texts ' Visitor ' and ' The adventure of the Speckled Band '

are typical of a short story genre because they both use ambiguous

titles and short stories with very few characters and settings. The

effect of this is an intense, exciting story which are unpredictable.

The titls in both ' Visitor ' and ' The adventure of the Speckled Band

' are ambiguous and typical of a short story genre. Take ' Visitor '

by example, the word visitor could mean many different things such as

friends, relatives, planned visit, unexpected visit or anything like

that. So the reader is easily misled into thinking that the story is

about those sort of things however we know that this is not the case

with a short story genre. Again with ' The adventure of the Speckled

Band ' the reader is again misled into thinking the title means

something else. The word ' band ' could mean anything from a hair

band, a group or a gang, musical to a ring. But as in ' Visitor ' the

title is actually sending the reader way out with that title. So

overall the titles are getting the audience asking questions about

what is going to happen and creates an open mind to the reader.

The openings are both typical to that of a short story genre as they

lauch the reader straight into the story almost assuming that the

reader already knows the characters and settings as though it were a

soap opera. The opening to ' The adventure of the Speckled Band ' is

descriptive with unanswered questions. " wide spread rumours ", this

quotation gets the reader guessing as to what the rumours are. The

openings are also sometimes very unsure. " Not again, not to soon!",

this is very unsure and nervous start to the story. Both stories have

an opening which is typical of a short story genre as they are both

unsure and confusing.

The characters in ' Visitor ' and ' The adventure of the Speckled Band

' are unsure with no real background information leaving the reader

with little to go on. The author portrays the characters to be widely

known and famous. This saves the author time aswell as making the

story more intense. The author also has to consider working in

his/hers limits and having the characters like this would save much

time for them. With ' The adventure of the Speckled Band ' the reader

is expected to know who some of the characters are.
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