Discusses the setting, theme, and point of view from William Carlos William's "The Use of Force" and Endora Welty's "A Visit from Charity"

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Setting, Point of View, and Theme

Authors use complex literary elements in order to relay their messages to the readers of the story. These elements serve as the visual and emotional connection between the thoughts and feelings of the author and his naïve reader. Setting, theme and point of view draw on the reader's ability or inability to create a picture of what the story is about. Setting can be defined as time and place. It represents one of the most important parts of the story, and helps the reader realize the emotions evoked from the story. It is a necessary part of a story to make it a complete experience for a reader. Setting is an integral ingredient to any story or literary work. In some fiction however, it is not only essential but it also plays a vital role in the development of the plot. In these works it is necessary for the author to paint a clear picture and provide background of the setting.

The point of view allows the reader to observe the thoughts of the characters. When a story is told in the first person, the reader plunges inside the head of the narrator and hears what he or she thinks and feels. The third person omniscient allows the reader, in a sense, to play God and hear the thoughts of all of the characters. These different approaches to the thoughts of the characters create different feelings in the reader. The theme of a fable is its moral. A parable presents its theme through teaching a lesson. The theme of a piece of fiction is its view about life and how people behave.

In fiction, the theme is not intended to teach or preach. In fact, it is not presented directly at all. You...