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The Goophered Grapevine
1521 WordsNov 13th, 20127 Pages
Dr. Matthew Towles
11 October 2012 2012
Opposites Attract 2.0 (Extended Version)
During the turn of the latter portion of the nineteenth century, many authors wrote literature with an American Realism approach. An approach that gave others an in depth look at conditions happening in the country. Charles W. Chesnutt was one of them. Chesnutt, author of “The Goophered Grapevine”, writes a story that represents the sentiments of that time: the north was in the south, yet the south was resistant. The reason for this invasion was to reconstruct after the Civil War. This story shows the symbolic relationship, through characters, and even with dialect, of the North and the South during the aftermath of the civil war—the…show more content…
There is a power struggle of these two characters from the very beginning—they are both narrating the story. Most, if not, all, stories are given one narrator for the story—the same thing goes for plays. The northerner is not more of a narrator than that of Julius himself. This shows one of the first conflicts that must be dealt with in the story: Who is going to be in charge because there cannot be two bosses. In the Theatre world of terms this is called a moment of intrusion. The moment of intrusion is when a character(s) breaks up what was already set in place—sort of like ‘The Given’. The former plantation is the stasis—a quiet, peaceful environment. The stasis is what the reader already realizes as the setting, it is what we are familiar with in the story and we know how it starts out. The northerner has now become the intruder of the story, he wants the plantation and plans to take it and make it his. This moment of intrusion displays a conflict and now there must be a challenger—Julius. The challenger, Julius, is the character who seeks to maintain the stasis; someone who wants to maintain their order that all are comfortable with. Julius is unwilling to see this, the North, come to fruition and now has the task of the challenger—the one who makes sure the intruder is not successful. From the moment these characters are given