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Posted October 4, 2002
My name is Kendra Krause, I am currently a student at Grand Junction High Scool in Colorado. I was assigned this book of short stories to read and reflect upon. To tell the truth, my first thought of the yellow tinted pages was, "Boring." Yes, but take for instance THE MONSTER. This story, written by Stephen Crane must be the most thought out, carefully written story that, personally, I have ever read. It was absolutly amazing how Crane interwove society into a burning house, the Civil War era, and each character. Look closely at characters and their given names. An example would be Judge Hagen thorpe. The title Judge would establish to the reader that this was a man of authority and concern, when a closer look into a dictionary definition would show, HAG- an evil spirit EN- in THORPE- a small village, add two and two together and you've got contrasting issues up your alley. Each name is chosen to fit the character's role, and each scene portrays something about a hidden society, while at the same time, society is never mentioned throughout the entire writting. A very thought out story, I give my full supportive props to.
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