Narrative Analysis

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1. The thing I liked best about “Fight” was behavioral truth that was clearly understood. Men, Bill and Bob, were friends. Their intentions in life were to live harmoniously, but their wives both act arrogant and selfish. When Bill enters the store to get his wife, she mouths off to Bob’s wife and gets Sniffle running to connect the men in a fight. Bob stands up for his wife, Bill admits his wrong, and they agree to “step out…[and] settle it” (3). Although I don’t necessarily agree with fighting, it is important that men stand up for their wives. This brings me to the one thing I disliked about “Fight” and that is the way they fought. I found it hard to believe that a grown man would fight in such a childish manner like Bob. First, Bill was seen with “a third of his nose…bit off” and secondly, “Bob gathered his hand full of dirt and sand and was…grinding” Bills eyes (6). Bob may have won the respect of his supporters, but I can’t imagine how he proved himself strong or “fair fight” participant (3).
The “Horse-Swap” was somewhat comparable to caricatures. The description given of Bullet was quite comical in stating “his shape partook somewhat of that of the giraffe” and he “took all occasions to display it” (2). This gave me an interesting view of what the horse may have looked like, but I especially liked the part where Bullet “struck out a gait of his own…[and] it certainly had pace in it” (2). I just though oh how pitiful, till I read on to the point I disliked the most. When the blanket was removed it “disclosed a sore on bullet’s back-bone…[that] defied all medical skill” (4). Why would anyone ride a horse with such a terrible wound, and knowingly avoid protecting it.
2. Both “The Fight” and The Horse Swap” feature local color concerning dialects, customs and characters. “The Fight” uses two strong well-known men who fall into the custom of fighting all because of a scrawny Ransy Sniffle. “The Horse-Swap” promotes an allegedly famous “Yallow Blossom” against a man whose intentions truly yellow him with a “blind and deef” horse (4). The language in “The Horse-Swap” is also representative of the local dialect in the village of - . Lower class characters are also used in both stories with Ransy Sniffle, whose diet consisted of red clay and blackberries, and Yallow Blossom, who apparently could not really afford a horse and its upkeep. “The Horse-Swap” also includes crude humor as it describes Bullet and his abilities, but he is apparently starving and hurt. Additionally, the story is also full of deception and includes tricksters, who both act in a manner that ends up fooling themselves. “The Fight” supports the characteristic of a sketch that apparently resembles the Ransy Sniffle, and...

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