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The short story The Open Window by Saki gives us a marvelous example of how appearance semblance and our naivety can distract our attention from reality and even make harm to our health This story also shows how a writer can make perfect use of irony The Open Window is a story about deception perpetrated on an unsuspecting and constitutionally nervous man Mr Nuttel He comes to the country in order to cure his nervous condition He pays a visit to the home of Mrs Sappleton to introduce himself Mr Nuttel is intercepted by her niece who while they are waiting for her aunt regales him with an artful story that in the end only makes his nervous condition worse In the story under consideration I would single out the following types of conflict an external and an internal one The internal conflict is a conflict within Mr Nuttel himself between the feelings he experienced The external conflict represents differences between generations The author contrasts two worlds that of young people and that of adults The world of adults is full of prejudices stringent rules and fears youthfulness is at the same time full of imagination inspiration and creativity Humorous repercussions of the story are caused by the anticipation of the superiority of the child while controlling the adults The young girl managed to make fool of five people and what is more of millions and millions of readers Towards the end of the story we are unaware of the authors intentions At first we are inclined to laugh at Mr Nuttel for being so gullible We cannot even imagine that we are victims of the very same hoax that Vera perpetrates on Mr Nuttel that we have believed Veras well-told and interesting tale The author makes use of the third person narrator He does not interfere for any comments or reflections of the events and does not help the readers to form their own
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