Text analysis of the short story Piano by William Saroyan

The main narrative code employed is the documentary one, which reproduces a true-to life situation, involving the reader in a

Text analysis of the short story Piano by William Saroyan

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ed get the piano some day, and anything else, too.it is to regard the text from the perspective of music being an outer exposition of the inner state, denoting the musicians feelings, the text bears a remarkable resemblance to an extract of the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. The passage when Coalhouse Walker Jr. plays the piano to render his true feelings towards Sarah, the regret of losing her and the hope for reconciliation. Likewise, Bens music also expresses the regret and the hardly perceptible hope: the disappointment of not having a piano and the hope of ever getting one. The two works have a similar style too, as the dialogical markers are completely missing, simplifying the form to the advantage of the meaning. To sum it up, the two works are indeed works of art, exploring literature in a musical way. Therefore, a form of art which expresses the beauty of another is bound to rejoice success.

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