Guests of the Nation by Frank O'Connor

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What are the parts of structure of "Guests of the Nation"?

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Frank O’Connor’s 1931 short story “Guests of the Nation follows the basic structure of a linear narrative, which has five building blocks:

  • Exposition: background information (the characters, past action, setting, descriptions, etc.) that provides context to the reader
  • Rising action: events in the plot (e.g., events and characters dialogue, physical actions, thoughts) that evoke interest and generate tension and suspense
  • Climax: the point to where the action and tension build ups to a head conflict between two sides (character versus character, idea versus idea, reason versus emotion, etc.)
  • Falling action: events that happen right after the climax where the author is trying to solve or “tie up loose ends”
  • Resolution/Denouement: the story’s final conclusion or ending; basically, “where things land” in terms of characters and events.

O’Connor divided “Guests of the Nation” into four sections. Section I provides the exposition . The setting is an Irish country farm. Two British...

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