now where’d that gun go?

Posted on November 6, 2011


Chekov said that if there is a gun in act one, it has to be used by the last act. In contradiction to that, Updike says of Henry Green’s dialog that the characters are one step ahead of the reader. They always say something unexpected. The combination of these two virtues then make a story. Not an expectation for the unexpected but rather a curious relationship between the two (dialectical what!). That is, Chekov’s gun may change into something else and still remain the fulfillment of the gun, while killing off characters which the reader hasn’t expected to die at all.