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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]