Short Stories - Literary Devises Title:_Identities

Point of View: The point of view in the story is taken from the man. We never even learn his name. It is told in third person, and omniscent.

What type of character is the Protagonist?
He is a round character. He changes throughout the story, and is not a stereotype.

The antagonist would be the police officer that eventually kills him. The policeman is a foil character.

Describe the setting
The story starts off in a clean, good neighborhood, during morning. The man is feeling nostalgic and restless. As the story progresses, the protagonist ends up in a slum/ghetto, and day turns to night.

Type of Conflict:

Describe the main conflict:
The main conflict is between the protagonist and the bad area (Man Vs. Environment).

Describe the Climax of the Story:
The climax of the story is when the policeman sees him and starts to take out his gun, then proceeds to shoot him.

How does the Protagonist change over the course of the story?
He goes from simply exploring a different area of town to falsely accused of being a criminal, and killed.

Describe the relationship between the title and the theme.
The theme of the story is mistaken identity, and the title is called Identities. The story makes references to identity such as the man being judged on his appearance, and how his identity cards could have saved his life.

How does the main conflict help to illustrate the theme?
The main conflict helps to illustrate the theme because the conflict between him and the police officer is a case of mistaken identity and judgment, and the theme is basically ‘’Think before you act and don’t judge people on appearances’’.

How does the climax help to illustrate the theme?
It doesn't exactly end it, but it gives you an idea of what happened to the man. It illustrates the theme of judgment and identities by showing that if the police officer had of waited a minute longer, he would have known the man's true identity and had not killed him.

Give examples of each of the following literary terms in the story (use quotes):

Simile: ‘’Cars jam the narrowed streets, and he worries he might strike the grubby children who dart back and forth like startled fish’’.

Metaphor: ''The store window lights up the sidewalk like a stage''.

Personification: ''Their leather jackets gleam with studs. Eagles, tigers, wolves, and serpents ride their backs''.

Symbol: ''Becoming lost is made all the easier because the house repeat themselves with hardly a variation

Foreshadowing (give both elements):
''So intent is he upon the future that he dangerously ignores the present and does not notice the police car, concealed in the shadows of a side street, nose out and follow him''.

Irony: ''When he turns part way around and recognizes the uniform, he does not feel fear but relief. Instinctively relaxing, certain of his safety, in the last voluntary moment of his life, he reaches in his hand not the air as he was ordered to, but toward his wallet for identity''.

Imagery: ''The houses are squat, as if they have been taller and have ,slowly, sunk into the ground''.

Describe the relationships between the class theme and the story.

The story definitely has relevance to the literary concept of humanity. The story displays two mediums of human life – the cheerful, good neighborhood where the man lives, and the slums where he visits. The ‘’different worlds’’ theme to the story made it much more compelling and interesting, displaying which sorts of people are said to live in certain areas.
Human actions are extremely prominent in this story, from the ‘’hoods’’, the man’s curiosity, and lastly, the policeman’s judgmental mindset.
Since there is no talking in this story, it thrives on human thoughts, and coping strategies. It shows how we as humans sense danger, and create strategies in our minds to prevent it. The policeman’s thoughts expressed that we as humans have a mental picture of a stereotypical ‘’bad guy’’, and are willing to hurt or threaten anyone that looks that way, regardless of knowing their intentions.