WHAT IS BEYOND ENDING: A CLOSE READING OF MATILDA AND CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Elham Ghahremani Fard

Abstract


In contemporary theories, the topic of narrative has been the explicit subject of outstanding debate. This paper intends to review narrative approaches and theories in an effort to assess their potential as suitable models for questioning of ending in contemporary fictions by looking at "Matilda" and” Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". It is observed that narrative theory is an essentially different tool for conveying opinions and feelings. Modes of narration enable readers to choose different paths depending on their own backgrounds and interests. As a matter of fact, the narration is the mode of verbal representation of characters. Here my attempt is to question what makes a good ending to a story. Thomas Williams as novelist argues that "Don’t write endings, find them.” Nevertheless, endings cultivate from beginnings and show themselves through clues within the story and characters. Alongside, Marianne Williamson believes" Every ending is a new beginning." Therefore to learn about endings is essential to study the different paths authors end a story. Moreover, a mysterious ending expands reader’s imagination a lot. Depending on the stories, I've chosen the author whose stories may seem to have applied ending but they are identified as multiple dimension of the conventional ideology of narration. I explore such issues in the selected works mainly pertaining to delve into the notion of ending to depict the joy of being liberated from ending. In this mode, the ending allows us to experience a sense of hope into invented worlds in an imaginative way readers interact with the characters, partly through other characters we identify with.


Keywords


Contemporary Fictions, Ending, Narration, Narrative Theory

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