Character Revelations, Plot Catalysts, and Natural Allegories


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Character Revelations, Plot Catalysts, and Natural Allegories
Three Mini-Essays on Micro Fictions
Molly Giles’ “The Poet’s Husband,” Laurie Berry’s “Mockingbird,” and Jesse Lee
,” all describe the moment at which the truth of a romantic partnership is revealed. The reader is introduced to the revelation through the narrator’s account of a specific incident in which the failed or wayward partner reveals the fatal flaw of his or her character, presaging the decline of the relationship – whether in terms of the enlightened, disillusioned partner, or in terms of likely future divorce or schism.
In “The Poet’s Husband,” the wife-poet is set up as a somewhat trite vamp diva, displaying the characteristics of a...
The end: to fruition. Luck, abundance, verdant green and growing things will dissipate, die. Threat of the mockingbirds’ viciousness implies threat of a viciousness within the characters and their relationship: his disdain and sense of entitlement; her disillusion and judgment.
In each of the stories, elements of nature provide literal and metaphorical warning that the relationship is rotten on the inside. The moon is a beacon outside of a one-sided marriage; the ocean is both a real and allegorical grave; and the grasses, trees, and birds of summer mock a staged happiness with the imminent threat of decay and aggression.
Works Cited
Stern, Jerome, ed. Micro Fiction: An Anthology of Really Short Stories. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.