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Carl Nixon Short Stories

'Weight' and 'The Apple of His Eye' with Katie Moore, Grace Coffey and Natasha Oliver.
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Laura Bell

on 6 March 2013

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Transcript of Carl Nixon Short Stories

Short stories: "Weight" and "The Apple of His Eye" Carl Nixon Both stories are told from a third person perspective Narrator Both short stories are very well-paced Treatment or Use of Time 'Weight': Father and Son (Nameless Characters) Main Characters Father/son Types of Relationships In both stories, the relationship between two characters is represented through plants/vegetation:
'The Apple of His Eye' - an apple
'Weight' - The pear tree Use of Symbols The 'Present-Past-Present' rhythm: Structure of Stories However in 'Weight', the narrator refrains from using actual names. The fourth wall is broken, allowing interaction between the reader and the text - predominantly in 'The Apple of His Eye' "Do I have to spell it out further?" Though, 'Weight' takes place within a moment, and 'Apple of His Eye' takes place over a lengthier amount of time This makes 'Weight' seem "slower" or 'Apple of His Eye', "faster" "And why should he?" "Why didn't Eyelash and John come with him?" Both stories seem to follow a 'Present-Past-Present' rhythm 'The Apple of His Eye': Coutts, Eyelash, John Both of these short stories feature a father and a son ('son') as main characters Stranger/Stranger Neither of the relationships explored in the short stories are described intimately, rather the compassion between the characters remains subtle. This is also done in quite an obvious way, so it is made easier for the reader to pick up on. Allows the reader to view first: the characters present state, secondly: how they got there, and thirdly: where to now Visual Imagery Random: Other Genre Metaphor: The title of the stories These two symbols also represent how they are both 'Father figures' Slice of Life: Both give a description of the life of an average person, whether by giving us a moment from that persons life or by giving us a few years of that persons life. Realistic: Doesn't end cheerful as you could normally expect of a Slice of Life type story. Coutts describing people as fruit/ as having fruit-like characteristics Both short stories feature vivid imagery 'Full circle' stories: For example, the fruit in Coutts store: texture is described between the fruit he does and does not keep Also, in 'Weight', the old pear tree is described vividly, including the texture of the bark Both end in a similar way to how they start off, eg:
'The Apple of His Eye' - Coutts starts and ends the story alone in the fruit shop

'Weight': Father starts the story stretching by a neglected tree and ends stretching by the same tree. Language-Related Things : Objectification / Chremamorphism Weight: Father/son are both nameless, which suggests they are quite distant, just as how a similar thing is shown in 'The Apple of his eye' with Eyelash and Coutts John seems to be the 'icon' of the main character, or the character that Coutts revolves around, rather than a main-main character. Eyelash could be considered a secondary character than a main as she seems to be the link between John and Coutts. So could the son in 'Weight'
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