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"Two Words" by Isabel Allende

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Maeve Murphy

on 24 October 2012

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Transcript of "Two Words" by Isabel Allende

"Two Words" Sarah Johnson: Significance of the title & Author Biography
Author: Isabel Allende Abigail Tkachuk: Structure
The structure in this short story by Allende is well constructed and flows nicely. The narrative is written in 3rd person allowing the reader to get a more general idea of the characters and story taking place. However by having written the story in 3rd person it limits our knowledge of the feelings of the supporting characters and their thoughts on the actions taking place. As well with this limit view we do not get the full Belisa and her thoughts throughout the story, which affects the plot. The author writes the story starting with Belisa's life and narrating following her, then it switches to following the colonal and El Mulato. Finally the story ends with all three of the main characters coming together. This format covers the main characters of interest and gives the reader a broader sense of how each individual is feeling and reacting to the situation at hand. The climax of Two Words is when El Mulato takes Belisa back to the Colonal after she writes the speech and he becomes distraught and fixated on the two words she gives to him. This is the climax of the story because it brings about resolution to the problems being faced by the Colonal. The structure and diction used add to the fluidity and engagement towards the story possesses, and without it would not be as good a story as it is. Branden Bourgoin: Symbols
1.) The "Two words" them self represent connection between the protagonist and the Colonel. The two secret words that Belisa gives to the colonel represents the connection between them, which in the end brings them together.
2.) Belisa's name represents her family's lack of wealth in the event that she had to search until she found " the poetry of "beauty and twilight and cloaked herself in it."
3.) Words in the story represents their way of life. Without words Belisa wouldn't have a job. Without her job, she wouldn't have money to pay for food, or a place to sleep. People wouldn't even be able to communicate with each other. Words are one of the most important symbols Nicole Robichaud: Themes
Words can have a deeper meaning then what is perceived. In the story, Belisa gives the Colonel two secret words that to someone in the story mean nothing. But to the Colonel, it means something so much deeper. To him it means love and desire.
Words can change someone for the better or for the worst. In this case the two words changed the Colonel for the better by turning him from a greedy man, to a man looking for love.
Sometimes you have to go through things that you wouldn’t like to, to be where you are today. In the story, the Colonel had gone almost to the point of insanity to find the love that he found. Maeve Murphy: Irony

This story protrudes examples of...
- Verbal Irony?
-Dramatic Irony?
-Situational Irony?

The story, as a whole, is an example of situational irony. Words
are a method of communication and is used to transfer information to one-another. Therefore a woman basing her entire life and wealth on selling words is ironic due to the fact that everyone uses them, at no charge and no restrictions, on an extremely frequent level. Tyler Dunnett: Atmosphere & Conflict
What is the initial atmosphere and where are the shifts?
How are the shifts created?
What impact does it have on the reader?
What is the predominant type of conflict?
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