Sample Narratives From Famous Authors

The following classic short stories are often anthologized. You may have read one or more of these stories in an English class. Each story illustrates aspects of writing narrative that we have explored in this book.

The first story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," is a haunting account of a man about to be executed that exemplifies a frame story. "Paul's Case," by Willa Cather, is an interesting psychological exploration that highlights the influence of psychology as a discipline on fiction and also illustrates a third-person omniscient narrative. The third story, "The Monkey's Paw," uses literary techniques like foreshadowing and symbolism. Finally, James Joyce's famous coming-of-age story, "Araby," demonstrates a type of first-person narrative.

You should revisit these stories as you work through the chapters of this book.

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