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We have read or heard many stories throughout our lives We know that stories can vary in purpose They can either teach a moral lesson or entertain Some stories interest us others do not In order for a story to be interesting it must be told in a way that does not bore or confuse the reader This story must have elements that attenuate to a central purpose These elements setting character plot point of view symbol theme etc forge the thoughts and ideas of the author Joyce Carol Oates Stalking tells the tale of a young girl growing up in modern suburbia Stalking is a critical review of modern American society and shows the detrimental effects that it can have on a young child The main character in this story is stalking the Invisible Adversary who is the personification of the neglect that she has received in her life In order to send this message to the reader Oates emphasizes the point of view of the main character plot and setting in her short story StalkingThe narrator of Stalking is omniscient as she follows the main character Gretchen throughout a city She shows us that Gretchen is anti-social If forced she takes part in games Oates 162 and she just stands around her face empty her arms crossed and her shoulders a little slumped 162 We also see that Gretchen is oblivious Gretchen waits until traffic is nearly cleara single car is approaching Oates 161 and she plods through a jumbled bulldozed field of mud and thistles and debris that is mainly rocks and chunks of glass 162 Although the narrator visually guides us on this journey she also lets us into the mind of Gretchen - we see things from Gretchens point of view Thoughts of Ill get you Oates 161Out of my wayYoull be sorry for that162 shows us that Gretchen is angry and spiteful Her anger and spitefulness are directed towards
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