Essay Assignment (Discuss the aspects of Ambivalence, Orientalism, Subalternity and in three short stories) Prof. Dr. Shanthini P74755 1st Short story (Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell): George Orwell (1903 –1950), was an English novelist and journalist Gorge Orwell spent five years from 1922 to 1927 as a police officer in the Indian Imperial Police force in Burma (now Myanmar) (Stewart, 2003). Burma had become part of the British Empire during the nineteenth century. Burma was the wealthiest country in Southeast Asia under…
Realism in short stories
The Million Pound Bank Note - The Beast In The Jungle - The Open Boat
Mark Twain, Henry James and Stephen Crane portray psychological realism in their respective literary pieces of work. Mark Twain’s The Million Pound Bank Note focuses on the psychological effects of a mischievous bet. Henry James’ The Open Boat deals with the descriptions and psychological effects of four men lost at sea.
Stephen Crane’s The Beast in the Jungle deals with the psychological effects of an eccentric man’s belief that he will have great misfortune. While all three authors use different styles and paths to show this, they all end at the same destination that is ‘realism’.
The Million Pound Bank Note is extremely effective in portraying realism in a big picture. While Mark Twain may not go into descriptive detail of the psychological effects, they are present when the audience takes a step back from his work. Twain uses his two “evil” characters from the upper-side of London and the poor protagonist Henry from the West Coast to portray his beliefs of regionalism.
While a bet that one million pounds can change a poor man’s live, may not be “realistic”, it did change views of socioeconomic status in the modern age as well as showcase the psychological effects that monetary value has on society. Henry was able to achieve success with having this bank note, even though .....[read full text]