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The Keys to a Great Story
What certain qualities are necessary to create an excellent literary work? What makes one
work impossible to put down while another work is difficult to stay focused on? There are several
key elements essential in making good work outstanding. These key elements are: interesting
characters, an intriguing plot, a valid theme, and a carefully structured conclusion. These are the key
elements of a literary work that I am going to focus on and explicate for you.
The characters in "Witness for the Prosecution" are believable through the author's vivid
descriptions and through what Mr. Mayherne says about the characters during his interviews with
them. For example the author described Romaine as a foreign woman with high cheekbones , dense
blue-black hair, and a nervous twitch in her hands that is distinctly foreign. The narrator went on to
say she is a strange, quiet woman, who is so quiet that she made visitors feel uneasy. The author is
also very detailed with her description of Mr. Mayherne. The narrator depicts him as a small precise
man, who is neatly dressed and recently had his boots shinned. She also said the most striking
characteristic of Mr. Mayherne is his shrewd and piercing gray eyes. From his brief encounter with
Mrs. Mogson, we found out that she was scared with sulfuric acid by Romaine's boyfriend and has
been bent on getting revenge on Romaine. Plausible characters and vivid description make this story
more interesting and add to the plot of the story.
The author of "Wine" was very non-discriptive about the characters. This lack of description
makes the characters extremely difficult to relate too. The author never even gives her characters
names. She just refers to them as a man and a woman. This total lack of detail makes it hard focus
on the story and often you find it easy to lose sight of what is happening in the story.
The plot for "Witness for the Prosecution" is clear, logical, and well-defined. The plot mainly
consists of Mr. Mayherne and Romaine trying to get Mr. Vole aquitted of the charges that he killed
Emily French. The most interesting twist of the plot in this story is that Romaine lied to the jury to get
Mr. Vole aquitted of the charges.
By contrast there is no real plot for "wine". The man a
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