Stephen Crane Short Fiction Analysis - Essay

Stephen Crane Short Fiction Analysis

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Perhaps because his writing career was so short, critics have devoted much space to Stephen Crane’s slight, decidedly apprentice series of sketches collectively entitled The Sullivan County Tales. One trait that the sketches do have in their favor is that they contain all the facets of style and theme that Crane was to utilize as his writing developed. The reader finds the overbearing power of the environment, the vivid descriptions, the premise that these descriptions reflect the heightened consciousness of a character or characters, and the idea that this very heightening involves a distortion of perception that needs to be overcome for the characters’ adequate adjustment to, and comprehension of, reality. Also of...

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