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Basis of writing: the four principles of Forster in half of a yellow sun

The 20th century classic of E. M. Forster titled Aspects of the Novel tells a four principled analysis to writing, and for the purpose of writing this elaboration, reading too. Aspects of the Novel borders on story, characters, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern, and rhythm. Using the excerpts from the Aspects of the Novel, illustrated by Lee Benson in distinguishing between historical and chronology, which bears shrewd resemblance to story and plot: “And then… And then…” “What the story does is to narrate the life in time.” Beginning with primitive man, storytellers have held their audiences by making them want to know what happens next. Something happens. “And then?” Something else happens. “And then?” So it goes until they end th...

How to kill a baby

“Doctor, the patient is ready” the nurse informed. Roused from my reverie I hurriedly grabbed my stethoscope, hung it on my shoulders and hastened to the operation room. The pungent smell of antiseptic immediately filled my nostrils as I entered the theater, making me feel nauseous instantly. My eyes took some time to adjust to the dim-lightedness of the room though after few seconds, I eventually could now make out the shape of the young girl who was lying prone on the operating table. She was deeply fast asleep due to the sleep injections she had been given earlier, her two legs were wide open, suspended in the air by stirrups. Picking up her file which lay beside table, I quickly scanned through it; she was a 21 year old college student, a Christian from Igbo descent. My eyes were drawn...

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