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The Theme of Surpirse Endings in Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing and in the Necklace by Guy De Maupassant
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Surprise Endings Many stories often benefit from surprise endings They can give us great insight into the characters Four stories that have surprise endings are Rose for Emily Young Goodman Brown To Room Nineteen and The Necklace The surprise in Rose for Emily by William Faulkner is in the last sentence of the story When they see the long strand of iron-gray hair 43 on the pillow Through this we now see what Emily has been doing over the years We now know why Homer her lover was never seen again and what that pungent smell was From her actions now revealed we can understand what she was driven to With this one sentence Emily is expressed as a desperate old woman Through out the story you believe she is a woman of high stature with normal aspirations Then the surprise comes in which we see she commits the ultimate crime murder We better understand the true effects of her fathers repression and isolation and what Emily must resort to She was very lonely Homer was going to leave her With killing him she could have him forever and live out those normal aspirations This way she avoided the pain of being alone for the rest of her life The surprise in Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne is even though Goodman Brown did not know if what he had seen was a dream or real Goodman Brown treated it real With this action Young Goodman Brown becomes a bitter scorned old man From then on he could not pray and when others did Goodman Brown could not listen he could not listen because an anthem of sin rushed loudly upon his ear 112 To him the event was so real he did not trust anyone at all He even lost his trust for his beloved Faith When he dies his family carved no hopeful verse on his tomb for
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