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Analysis Of The Character Development Of Aunt Flavia: Short Stort Analysis

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Characterization is one of the most important elements of a story. The author must be able to convey the traits and personality of the character to the reader. The descriptions of the characters are what make each of them inimitable, and their different views are what form the actual plot of the story. From the descriptions given, the reader should be able to jump into the minds of the characters and infer the types of decisions and actions that the characters would probably make throughout the story. In her short story, “The Disappearance of Great Aunt Flavia,” Amanda Cross creates the unique character of Aunt Flavia through simple dialogue and different points of view.Amanda Cross develops the character of Aunt Flavia through clear and concise dialogue. Aunt Flavia is the sort of person that will comment on every minute detail that she doesn’t think fits with the subject. In the middle of describing a movie to Kate, Aunt Flavia interrupts the description with a comment about the smallest detail that she finds ironic and just a bit odd, “We learn that his wife without him would have become a spinster in glasses working in a library (a fate hideous proportions, needless to say, despite the fact that she is played by a gorgeous actress who would have had no trouble joining a well paying high- class bordello…)” (Cross 74). The comments that Aunt Flavia makes are very opinionated and biased. The actress is considered beautiful by most people, but Aunt Flavia sees her as someone who is fit for a brothel house. The fact that Aunt Flavia states her opinion so easily and does not have second thoughts about what she is saying shows that she is not worried about people judging her based on her sometimes crude opinions. Aunt Flavia’s commentary and views on the subject of what she is talking about is usually the opposite of what one would infer. Aunt Flavia comments that in the movie, “[if he died]…some druggist would have killed someone with the wrong prescription… Lionel Barrymore… would have taken over the town” (Cross 74). It would seem as though Aunt Flavia’s views on the subject of the movie would be the same as anyone else’s. Each person in the world is important and they are the cause of happiness in other...

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