Eva Luna Essay

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Storytellers usually put comedy into their stories to keep their audience engaged, and to make the characters feel real and multi-dimensional to their audience. Diedrich Knickerbocker does this in “The Legend of Sleepy Hallow” by explaining Ichabod’s travel through the woods after hearing the legend of the headless horseman. Knickerbocker describes some noises that Ichabod hears when traveling in the forest that turn out to be just the wind or leaves. “As Ichabod approached this fearful tree, he began to whistle; he thought his whistle was answered: it was but a blast sweeping sharply through the dry branches. As he approached a little nearer, he thought he saw something white, hanging in the midst of the tree: he paused and ceased whistling; but on looking more narrowly, perceived that it was a place where the tree had been scathed by lightning, and the white weed laid bare” (Irving 292). This paragraph is pretty funny just because we can all relate to Ichabod. I know once or twice before I thought I heard something scary and hid under my covers then later found out it was just something very innocent. Diedrick Knickerbocker tells us about Ichabod’s travel not only to keep us entertained but also because he wanted his audience to relate to Ichabod. Isabel Allende’s focus was to entertain us when she started telling us of Eva Luna’s godmother’s child. “It had a single vertebral column; and class Omphalosian, one umbilicus for two bodies. The great curiosity was that one head was white by race, and the other black” (Allende 103). Not only did Allende tell us this story because she wanted to entertain us, but because it would make the story more memorable. Storytellers do this to separate their work for the work of others. The comedy that storytellers use is to make their work more meaningful and exciting for its listeners. Another technique storytellers use to make their stories more exciting is the use of drama.
Drama can be used many ways in stories; there could be a dramatic setting, a dramatic argument between characters, or even a person’s behavior could be dramatic. Either way, drama gives the audience more excitement about what is about to happen. When there is drama between two characters in a story, the listener usually picks one side or the other. In “The Legend of Sleepy Hallow”, there is drama between Brom Bones and Ichabod because Ichabod is stealing Brom’s girl. “Brom, who had a degree of rough chivalry in his nature, would fain have carried matters to open warfare, and have settled their pretensions to the lady, according to the mode of those most concise and simple...

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