Amal ALHarbi Prof.Judith Ferguson ENG 102 N Date Henry Kitteridge from Chapter 1 of Olive Kitteridge Most of the time literary authors present heroic characters who have to confront the actions of iniquitous people. Among these authors is Elizabeth Strout the author of ‘Olive Kitteridge.’ In first chapter of the novel titled Pharmacy Strout presents the inauspicious experiences of Henry that are a result of his wife Olive’s irate nature. In Chapter 1 titled Pharmacy Olive plays a supportive role to help bring out the character of Henry. While Henry appears to be committed to his family friends and pharmacy business he gets no support from Olive. Henry’s narrative in the first chapter presents him as a humble responsible supportive and hardworking man but the resentment from his wife impels him to develop affection for another woman. From the beginning of ‘Olive Kitteridge ’ the reader sympathizes with God's sake." And Henry Thibodeau perhaps at the sound of his own name being spoken sharply sat back looking stricken. This instance also elicits the sympathy of readers making the use of pathos noticeable. In conclusion Henry’s character helps bring out the theme of resentment effectively. While he is humble responsible likable easygoing cheerful kind gentle supportive organized hardworking committed sociable and enduring he has to confront the resentment of his wife. This impels him to develop affection for another woman. Some of the rhetorical devices used by the author and which help bring out the major theme of resentment through the character of Henry are metaphor irony pathos and superjection. It can be seen that the character of Henry and the rhetorical devices used in Chapter 1 help divulge the overall theme of resentment. Work Cited Strout Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge. New York City New York: Random House 2008. [...]
Project 1: Literary Analysis In this literary analysis essay, students will discover a thesis in the text of an author and support this thesis with textual evidence. This section will be using Olive Kitteridge in order to discuss the interrelationship of character, theme, and rhetorical style in a chosen chapter. This project asks you to analyze a literary work in terms of major fictional elements, in particular character and theme. You will choose a character from one of the first three stories that we cover in class, and engage with the character as a vehicle for a major theme. You should consider the narrative, the personality traits, the relationships, and the overriding meanings that evolve through the character’s role in the story. You should also select a major passage that serves to illustrate your claim about meaning evolving from the character. In that passage also consider rhetorical style as a means of supporting the development of your claim. The major parts of this paper are as follows: An introduction with a clear, direct thesis in the proper position; A short abstractive summary of the character’s narrative in the chapter; An analysis of the character’s personality; A close reading of a selected illustrative passage; A concluding discussion of the relationship between character and theme.