Tag: motif

  • Purple Blooms by Carol Shields Short Story Analysis

    Purple Blooms by Carol Shields Short Story Analysis

    “Purple Blooms” is a short story by American-born Canadian writer Carol Shields (1935 – 2003), included in the collection Various Miracles (1985).

  • The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick Short Story Analysis

    The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick Short Story Analysis

    The Shawl (1980) is a short story by American writer Cynthia Ozick, born 1928. In 2014, Joyce Carol Oates joined Deborah Treisman at The New Yorker to read and discuss Ozick’s story. This horrific short story reminds me most of a narrative from another side of the same war: Grave of the Fireflies. Both are […]

  • Child Moves House Trope In Children’s Fiction

    Child Moves House Trope In Children’s Fiction

    Child moves house and starts at new school. This trope is hard to write well because it has been done so many times before. But it’s very useful, because many children’s stories are about friendship, and all stories about friendship must start from a point of loneliness. Everyone is lonely when they move to a new place.

  • In The Middle Of The Night by Robert Cormier

    In The Middle Of The Night by Robert Cormier

    In The Middle Of The Night is a young adult horror novel by American author Robert Cormier. Written in the mid 1990s, this was one of his later works.

  • What Is A Motif, Visual Motif and Leitmotif?

    A visual motif is a subcategory of the motif. First, what is a motif? A motif is a recurring pattern.  When related images repeat to enhance or bring attention to an idea, you know you’ve identified the story’s motif. It’s not a motif unless there is symbolic or thematic significance in the story. Simple repetition…