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The Short Story VS Pritchett said the short story tells us only one thing and that intensely I do not agree with this assertion and believe that whilst this might be true to some short stories this cannot be applied to them all To show this I will look at two short stories A Very Short Story Ernest Hemingway which I believe does conform to Pritchetts claim and The Selfish Giant Oscar Wilde which does not There are many themes in The Selfish Giant SG religion love and first impressions However they are not all made clear straight away although you can see the theme of love running throughout the story religion and first impressions do not become quite as obvious until the end The Selfish Giant is written as a fairytale with the Giant being characterised very much as a typical fairytale giant By this I mean that he conforms to the usual actions carried out by giants in this genre He dislikes children and so drives them away what are you doing there he cried in a very gruff voice and the children ran away However this giant differs slightly as he is really kind at heart which is proven when he helps the boy into the tree The story is set in a garden which reflects the giants change of heart as it becomes beautiful when the giant becomes kind but frosty when the giant is being selfish Throughout the story there is a fair amount of alliteration rattled on the roof and personification The only people who were pleased were the Snow and the Frost this works very well in creating a fairytale image and adds to the simplistic childlike tone The language in the beginning and the end is very uncomplicated and childlike again in accordance with the typical fairytale genre and so leading us to believe that it is intended as a childs story
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