How the author's use of exposition affects the readers' understanding of the two stories: "Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Burroughs and "A Rose for Emily" by Faulkner

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In "Tarzan of the Apes", it is clear that Edgar Burroughs' wants to accentuate physical action by the sequence of events, which is shown through his use of exposition. The beginning of "Tarzan of the Apes" is focused on illustrating the character background of Terkoz. When Burroughs applies this concept of flashback to his writing, it allows the reader to gain insight upon the character and setting. With this, the reader acquires underlying information on Terkoz which specifically refers to his past as an overthrown ruler of an ape tribe and how this has led him to seek something or someone to emit his overwhelming anger upon. This is revealed when Burroughs writes, "he wandered aimlessly, nursing his spite and looking for some weak thing on which to vent his pent anger." This is ultimately the reason behind why Terkoz carries off Jane. The rising action of Jane's captivity brings into play the cause for the climatic struggle and eventual resolution, which adds to Burroughs' use of exposition.

William Faulkner uses a similar method of exposition along with a more subtle approach in order to reveal the characters and setting.

In "A Rose for Emily", Faulkner uses an exposition that invokes the reader with insight upon the context within the story while also leaving the reader in suspense. Unlike Burroughs, Faulkner does not use the arrangement of chronological order of events. The reason is because if he were to, he would give away the story's surprise ending. Instead, he shifts back and forth between the past and present, particularly Miss Emily Grierson's life to provide information that leads up to the final startling moment through the use of foreshadowing and flashback. Faulkner's conscious ordering of events affects the reader's response to the given plot. He lays out the plot...