Determining Relationships in a Story

                                              Relationships in a Story

There are many different kinds of relationships in a story. The definition for a relationship is pretty broad. It’s the way one character acts with another character in the story.

For example, two children in a story may be friends, but they could be angry with each other. They might even be competing with each other, or they might be helping each other.

There are two ways that an author can tell the reader what kind of relationship characters have.

The first way is where the author tells the reader directly. In this case, the reader doesn’t have to guess what kind of relationship exists, because the author has already told them. For example, the author may say that Jill and Anna are best friends, so automatically the reader knows that Jill and Anna are best friends.

However, the second way isn’t so direct. This is where the author gives hints. In this way, the reader has to determine the relationship that exists. The author may show one child making fun of the other child, which would suggest that the two children do not have a friendly relationship. The author might show one child teaching the other child how to read, which would suggest the two children have a friendly relationship.

Let’s look at this following passage and analyze it:

“Jill came over to Anna and asked if she wanted an apple. ‘Sure, I’d love one. Thanks,’ Anna answered. Anna took a bite of the apple and started to chew it. Her chewing was so loud that they both started to laugh.”

Here we see Jill coming over to Anna and asking if she wants an apple. That’s a nice thing to do, so that indicates friendship. Then, we see that Anna wants the apple. She’s thankful that Jill brought the apple. We see even more clues that their friends. Then Anna takes a bite of the apple. It’s very loud when she starts to chew it, so they both laugh. If just Jill was laughing, that might show that Jill makes fun of Anna, but since they’re both laughing mutually, this shows friendship That’s what friends do; they laugh together.

This falls into category #2, because the author is not telling the reader directly that Jill and Anna are friends. Instead, the author is giving hints through the dialogue and through their actions that Jill and Anna are friends.

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Last updated: 06/27/2018


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