THE FRUITCAKE SPECIAL by Frank Brennan
The Fruitcake Special is the story if the effects of a perfume on men. It was accidentally created by Anna, a chemist who woks at New Jersey. When Mr Amos senses the perfume worn by Anna, he feels he is in love with Anna and so invites her out for dinner. He does not behave like a man in love and Anna is surprised and upset. When she dabs the Fruitcake perfume again, Mr Amos and a waiter become attracted to her and both make declarations of love to her. The situation becomes chaotic when a fight ensues between two men. Anna leaves the restaurant and the factory and ends up with Armstrong, the pizza boy.
- Illusion vs Reality
- Be realistic in life
- Appearances can be misleading
- We should not fall for physical appearance.
- We must not be too proud of our looks.
- We must not look down at other people.
- EXPOSITION – Anna accidentally creates a Fruitcake perfume and dabs on it. Mr Amos becomes attracted to her when he gets near her. Anna is very surprise with this sudden interest.
- CONFLICT – During dinner, Mr Amos does not show his interest as he was in the morning. Anna dabs on the Fruitcake perfume in the ladies room.
- CLIMAX – Mr Amos suddenly becomes interested in Anna and makes declarations of love to her. A waiter also does silly things to attract Anna’s attention.. A fight starts between Mr Amos, the waiter and Sabrina, Mr Amos’ girlfriend. Anna realises it is the effects of the fruitcake perfume.
- FALLING ACTION – Anna wants to find the ‘special something’ in the fruitcake but is unable to as the woman who sold the fruitcake has already dead.
- RESOLUTION – Anna quits her job from Amos Cosmetics and she settles for the pizza delivery man, Armstrong, who has his own pizza company.
- Anna, the narrator
- David Amos, owner of Amos Cosmetics
- Narrator’s mother
- Narrator’s Aunt Mimi
- Waiter at restaurant
- Sabina, David Amos’ girlfriend
- Armstrong, the pizza delivery man
POINT OF VIEW
- First person point of view
TONE, MOOD, ATMOSPHERE
- Light-hearted and humorous
- Comedic and entertaining
LANGUAGE AND STYLE
- Simple and easy to understand the language
Essay on Short Story Analysis of Girl by Jamaica Kincaid
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Short story analysis of Girl by Jamaica Kincaid
Have you ever wished that someone had given you a guide on how live the right way? Jamaica Kincaid does just that in her short story, Girl. The narrative is presented as a set of life instructions to a girl by her mother to live properly in Antigua in the 1980’s. While the setting of the story is not expressly stated by the author in the narrative, the reader is able to understand the culture for which Girl was written.
Jamaica Kincaid seems to be the passive narrator, receiving the instructions from her mother on how to live in their present social setting. The mother figure focuses on two main categories in her guidance, social manners and domesticity. First, guidance is given for a…show more content…
Written in 1983, Kincaid narrates the thoughts and moral beliefs of the time by her mother. In Girl, Kincaid uses repetition of the term “slut” to emphasize that her mother did not want her to develop a bad moral reputation (Kincaid 118-119). Later in the narration though are her mother’s thoughts on abortion, “this is how to make a good medicine to throw away a child before it even becomes a child” (Kincaid 119). It shows that while the mother instructed her in moral principles, she also understood that things happen to a young woman. The practical nature of this instruction seems to indicate more modern thought while still living in a society of traditions. Another hint of the time period is the mention of divorce and how to live after it, “this is how you love a man…and if they don’t work out, don’t feel bad about giving up” (Kincaid 119). This could indicate that divorce is an accepted practice in the more modern society that Jamaica Kincaid wrote Girl in.
The location of the story plays a large role in understanding the character’s interactions. The story opens with instructions on cleaning clothes upon a “stone heap” (Kincaid 118). In 1983 America, most households would have already had washing machines or at least a wash board and bucket rather than the older form of washing clothes at the river and utilizing stones. The next