Does human life have any value in the case of someone who has been so severely brain damaged that they are no longer capable of consciousness, but who is still breathing and still has a heartbeat? Defend your answer.
couldn’t be integrated into No Longer at Ease’ (Bardolph, Viola and Durix, 2001, 242). This further implies that the short story offers more information in small amounts of space and time as it is suggested that the short stories give information that could not be integrated into a larger text, showing that the stories themselves are part of a bigger issue in larger fiction, without taking into account the major issues in each individual story. As Hunter states in The Cambridge introduction to the short story in English (Hunter, 2007), some cultures only have a small, and sometimes non-existent infrastructure for publishing and thus ‘low-circulation literary magazines […] for reasons of space and means of production, invariably favour the short story over longer forms of fiction’ (Hunter, 2007, 138). This reflects how the short story is often favourable over longer fiction as it allows for less space, which with regards to these cultures with lack of publishing means is advantageous, but which also allows authors to use a smaller amount of space than that used in novels to put across larger messages, that could not be conveyed through literary forms such as poetry. This can be seen through the intertextuality suggested in Achebe’s works as the short story form is used to put across and add to a larger message, which cannot simply be achieved in large fiction, but has to be conveyed through various short stories. To conclude, both Paule Marshall and Chinua Achebe explore the form of the short story in multiple ways in their respective texts. When considering Ford’s idea, both texts give the reader a large amount of information in a short amount of time, as well as elucidating major issues in each. ‘To Da-duh in Memoriam’ (Baldwin and Quinn, 2007) more specifically draws on these major issues through a much smaller plot, giving the author the opportunity to give the reader more information in a smaller space. Through the narration of a young girl visiting her grandmother, Marshall is able to explore the idea of an identity conflict in people with dual heritage, of which she was one of the first to explore. This major issue is explored widely in a small amount of time and space, mainly through the conflicting ideas the young girl has about her ‘home’ and her grandmother’s ‘home’, which each represent part of her heritage. Achebe is also able to draw on major issues such as urbanisation, colonisation, and the outbreak of smallpox, all through the daily life of one character, and his actions. The intertextuality suggested by Bardolph, Viola and Durix, also emphasises the idea that the short story is able to do ‘something big’ in a small amount of space and time, as ‘The Sacrificial Egg’ (Halpern, 1986), it is suggested is a small narration of a character from one of Achebe’s longer fictions, thus showing that the short story is able to add to longer fictions, as well as drawing on major issues itself.>GET ANSWER