a. What is “Miriam” about? Did you like it? Why or why not? What elements did you enjoy the most? Why?
b. What are the articles about? What generalizations can you make of what you have read?
c. From what you have read so far, what do you think are Capote’s most important features? Why?
“Miriam” by Truman Capote reports the idea of Mrs. Miller’s life and how her consciousness appears as a little girl, Miriam. Mrs. Miller is an old woman who lives alone in a boring routine, so Miriam appears to break this monotony and to show Mrs. Miller how her life is and how she should be aware of what is happening to her.
I didn’t like this story because although it has many details that don’t let you stop reading it, it is so fictional that it can become a little bit boring. As I said before, the idea of the character development, how he describes the characters, gets you involved in the story.
On the other hand, the articles about Truman Capote talk about how he writes, his written works and all the story of how he becomes famous. In general, Truman Capote has a natural talent for writing, he did his first writing when he was five years old and since then, he wrote during all his life.
Truman Capote writes in a very particular way, he uses many details for explaining the characters and the atmospheres, and these descriptions being so long, keep the reader’s attention, so he/she won’t be able to stop reading. Capote also describes the characters by showing examples instead of telling how they really are, what makes the reader’s mind imagine them.
In the stories he writes, he uses many elements of syntax, such as the length of the sentences or the changes in the tenses for the story not to be boring, but a different kind of text. These elements he uses are very important because that is what makes different the stories regarding other authors.