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How the Open-Ended Stories Make Readers Think Twice

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How the Open-Ended Stories Make Readers Think Twice
The traditional flow of a story is for it to have a beginning, middle and end. When a story is finished, the conflict should be resolved and the reader satisfied that the tension of the plot has been diffused. However, sometimes writers go against the traditional expectations of the reader in order to provoke them. Instead of providing the reader with a story with rising and falling conflict, the authors push the story to the brink and then leave the reader hanging over a precipice. This is called a cliffhanger device—and usually it is followed upon by a sequel that resolves the issues left unaddressed. However, Joyce Carol Oates who wrote“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and Flannery O’Connor who wrote “Everything That Rises Must Converge” finished their stories not clarifying the conflicts and providing no sequels. Instead, these authors…… [Read More]

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The Greek Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice

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The Story of Orpheus and Eurydice
Love is a strong motivator which has the power to make individuals do incredible, illogical things (Shmoop University, 2019). The mythical tale of Eurydice and Orpheus may be counted among the most well –known and –loved of Greek myths. Essentially a story of passion and love, the tale also dwells upon the human spirit’s shortcomings (Greekmyths, 2019). The story is rife with examples of remarkable as well as imprudent things people do for love. Orpheus is utterly devastated by the loss of his wife, Eurydice, and makes the crazy but grand choice to bring her back to life from the Underworld. However, while making his return journey to Earth accompanied by his beloved, he makes the error of turning around and looking at her – an irrational choice, given he was well-aware that it would send Eurydice back to Hades. The latter instance is certainly…… [Read More]

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Enotes.(2019). Orpheus and Eurydice. Retrieved from https://www.enotes.com/homework-help/what-moral-lesson-we-can-get-story-orpheus-499421
Greeka.(2019). Orpheus and Eurydice. Retrieved from https://www.greeka.com/greece-myths/orpheus-eurydice.htm
Greekmyths.(2019). Orpheus and Eurydice. Retrieved from https://www.greekmyths-greekmythology.com/orpheus-and-eurydice/
ShmoopUniveristy. (2019). Theme of love and trust in Orpheus and Eurydice. Retrieved from https://www.shmoop.com/orpheus-eurydice/love-trust-theme.html
Woodlief, A. (2001). The story of Orpheus and Eurydice, as told by Apollonius of Rhodes, Virgil and Ovid. Retrieved from https://archive.vcu.edu/english/engweb/webtexts/eurydice/eurydicemyth.html