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Typically writing about ordinary people with ordinary lives doesnt produce interesting fiction To capture the attention of readers authors may add extraordinary futuristic or supernatural elements to their writing This is done to create a more entertaining and interesting story WD Valgardson does not add these elements to his writing but he transforms the lives of everyday ordinary people into interesting stories He accomplishes this through his use of irony his emphasis on conflicting cultures and his portrayal of how people overwhelmed with emotion can act uncharacteristically These three attributes of Valgardsons writing are prominent in his book of short stories titled Bloodflowers Irony is a major attribute of Valgardsons writing In both of the stories Bloodflowers and An Act of Mercy the use of irony leads to an unexpected fate for a character In Bloodflowers the main character Danny moves to a secluded island and into a very superstitious community Danny chooses to share a story of how a certain culture would sacrifice a man each year to conclude that years misfortune This choice comes back to haunt Danny when the islands misfortune continues unexpectedly The people of the island find the solution to their problem in Dannys story and Danny is chosen as a sacrifice An ironic death also occurs in An Act of Mercy A father who has been awful to his sons Helgi and Neils begs them to let him drown The father wishes to die because if he were to live he would suffer for the rest of his life due to the injuries sustained during a storm When Neils asks Helgi Would you do it for me Helgis response is Yes But not for him Helgi is admitting that he wants his father to suffer During the act of rescuing his father Helgi dies Normally saving someone would be a heroic act but he does it out of revenge Therefore Helgis death is in vain The fact that
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