The fictional element that I would like to consider in my micro theme analysis is the use of dialogue. Duets inevitability, a dialogue has been significantly used in the two short stories. Besides aiding the author to capture the attention of the readers, a dialogue is known to help the writer in the development of the characters of the story. As such, the reader easily gets the main ideas and the general objective of the book, for instance, the moral lesson. This is the basis of dialogue usage by the two authors, and on which I would like to base my analysis.
Needless to say, one can use dialogue in different ways depending on the message they intend to convey. Furthermore, with regards to the intended audience, the author can also decide to apply the use of dialogue in a way that will suit such an audience. Evidently, this kind of difference is discernible between “Otravida, Otravez” and “Down at the Dinghy”. Per se, just a very subtle part of Diaz’s story contains dialogue relative to that of Salinger. This difference is not coincidental but has a reason behind it. One such reason may be that Diaz is comfortable communicating to his readers through narrations, as opposed to Salinger. From this difference, therefore, another difference can be deduced. It is safe to assert that Diaz has only applied the use of dialogue to reveal the relationship between two characters and contribute to their development. On the contrary, the dialogue in Salinger’s story is the source of every deductible idea in the story; it sums up the entire text and shows the primary ideas. As is apparent, this latter difference coincides with the earlier postulation about the use of dialogue as a fictional element and a literary stylistic device.
Salinger, Jerome. Down at the Dinghy in the Nine Stories. New York: Brown and Company, 1981.