November 13, 2002

Deleted from Long Day's essay

When a narrative describes a fictional situation, we can extend the constructions of the text beyond the text by considering how corresponding characters and situations could turn out in real life. If we stay within the rules that the narrative establishes, we can answer some questions about the author's intention that he/she did not explicitly express in the text itself. In the case of Long Day's Journey into Night, one of these unanswered questions is whether or not Edmund is going to die.

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