Character, I essays
When writing a fiction story, the main goal for an author is to base a good plot along with one or a few good characters. Because the author is acting as a creator when writing fiction, these characters can be anything in the world they would like them to be. They can be simple and straightforward or complex and intricate. The most important choice an author must make when trying to place characters in a story is how to illustrate each character in its most effective way.
There are two ways an author can approach presenting a character, indirectly or directly. They can elaborate this presentation by making the characters flat, round, dramatized or more. Whichever way they chose to depict these characters, they must be sure that by the end of the story, the character is not necessarily complete, but is consistent with their decision-making and behavior.
In "I'm a Fool," Sherwood Anderson uses indirect presentation to show us, instead of tell us, who Walter, the protagonist of the story, is. We can tell she uses indirect presentation because there are very few points in the story that tells us how Walter feels, or who Walter is, we must figure it out ourselves.
"I'm a Fool," is written as though Walter was writing directly to us. He is telling us of a time in his life where he did something he now regrets. You immediately get a sense of humor from Walter in the opening paragraph, "When I think of it, I want to cry or swear or kick myself. Perhaps, there will be a kind of satisfaction in making myself look cheap by telling of it." His story starts out very broad giving us small details throughout, which slowly build up Walter as well as building up the plot.
As the story goes on we learn more and more about Walter. We learn that he does not like people who flaunt their wealth. He actually is very against "putting on that kind of airs." This is most likely because he is not wea…