Al-Balqa Journal for Research and Studies البلقاء للبحوث والدراسات

Al-Balqa Journal for Research and Studies  البلقاء للبحوث والدراسات


In the modern American short story the name of a character often illuminates certain associations—symbolic and otherwise. As the title reveals, it is the purpose of this paper to briefly analyze the significance of certain names in three selected American short stories written after World short stories written after world war I to see how, and in what capacity, names of characters contribute to the thematic and symbolic subtlety of the works in which they appear, and simultaneously to see how they help us understand the human character themselves. I have thus sharply limited myself to a selected aspect of the subject as illustration of my argument. Referring specifically to Katherine Anne Porter’s “ The Jilting of Granny Weather” (1930), John Steinbeck’s Flight “ ( 1938), and Eudora Welty’s “livvie” (1942), the ensuing discussion will, therefore, concern itself mainly with specific choice based on individual discretion. The selection of the present works under analysis is, then, subject to individual choice; rather than being general and exhaustive, this paper, it is hoped, is selective in scope. It should, however, be made clear at the very outset that this study is not an historical survey but an in-depth analysis of a literary phenomenon, which I deem worthy of critical attention and assessment, even though the works to be considered hereinafter appear in chronological order



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