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"Love Song" Short Story Project

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Yogita Sharma

on 14 March 2014

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Transcript of "Love Song" Short Story Project

"Love Song"
Written by: Deirdre Kessler

Plot & Setting
Central Conflict
The Boy, aka "Coyote": is the protagonist, he is a round character. We come to know a lot about the boy and what he desperately wants. He's a dreamer, impatient and frustrated. The boy also loves nature.

The Girl: is the antagonist, she is a static character. She does not change over the course of the story, she only experiences loss from her lovers death. But her opinions do not change. She was content with being human, and also loved nature.
Together they had a very spiritual relationship.
point of view
Mood and tone
The mood of the story was spiritual, because rebirth, dreams, freedom, mental and spiritual peace were large factors. The tone of the story was curious, a bit sad, but overall
Both mood and tone shared the idea of "a journey to find yourself". Because the boy, wanted to find his inner peace by becoming his spiritual self, "into a form of a human, of a coyote, a bird, a rock, the wind" (3). He wants to experience everything, because it makes more sense to him that way.

In the short story "Love Song" by Deirdre Kessler, the boy is not happy with his human form, "He is trapped, only trapped in the skin of a human" (3). The boy; also known as "Coyote" is conflicted with himself, he wants to be free and "soar over the canyon like a red-tailed hawk, be the stratified rock with movements slow as forever" (3). His lover, the girl, feels a human should behave in human ways, not crave the life of anything else. In his dreams, the boy easily becomes whatever he wishes, then awakens to his unfit world. The lovers begin to fight and and become disconnected, yet long for each other time to time. One morning, the boy woke feeling troubled, he left his lover and walked into the dessert sun. Until he could walk no more, the boy stopped and when he did, he laid down and found peace. His dream came true, he achieved his inner peace and destiny. His lover then awakes from a dream, where her love speaks to her, saying goodbye. He tells her to go to the place where the river bends, there he will sing to her. She walks until she finds her lover and buries him. She one day goes to the river and listens to the "innocent song of water and rock, of wind and wings, of lips and breath, of death swirled into life, again and again" (4). The setting is placed in a dry desert, with canyons and rivers. There is no known time, besides day to night.

The central conflict was the boy wanting to be free, and not confined by his human form. He was conflicted with himself. The boy wanted to stop time, he was very impatient and frustrated. He doesn't understand why he cannot easily become what he wants. But he believes he is everything, "he is a being who slips into a form of a human, of a coyote, a bird, a rock, the wind" (3).
The point of view in the short story "Love Song" is Limited Omniscient. The reader sees the feelings and thoughts of this particular character and is able to see only what this character observes. The character can be the main or secondary character. In "Love Song", the boy is this character. We are aware of what the boy is doing and thinking/wants.

The irony in "Love Song" is situational irony, because the boys death is unexpected. Situational irony is something that is unlikely or unexpected. The boy was unhappy with being human, but the fact that him
allowed him to achieve his dream was out of the blue, spiritual but again, unexpected.

In the story, the boys willingness to death and/or commit suicide is foreshadowed, when said "Sometimes, for days, the boy does not eat, refusing to add mass to his body, considering if he spurns it he will sooner be able to reach his ideal" (3).
In the "Love Song", the author [Deirdre Kessler]
brings the nature of youth, and shows you how an unsettling journey in this world can be put to rest with mental and spiritual peace.
The boy wanted to be himself, but his human form didn't allow him, he became impatient and frustrated. So when his time came, he welcomed it, and allowed it to take over, taking him to his destination.
1.) The Coyote: symbolizes what the boy wants to be spiritually, and who he later becomes. He wants to be free like the coyote.
2.) The human body: symbolizes what the boy doesn't want to be, the complete opposite of the first symbol. He doesn't want to be confined by the human body.
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