Structure

The short story “Greyhound Tragedy” by Richard Brautigan has a minimalist structure. With a short text, the story follows a single event plot: a young woman’s failed attempt to leave her hometown and go to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming a movie st…

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Title

The title of the story, “Greyhound Tragedy”, is intriguing at first because the word “greyhound” might refer to a dog breed or an American bus company. As we read the story, we realize the title refers to the bus service. The story follows the main character’s…

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Beginning

The short story’s exposition is straightforward— introducing the main character and the conflict— and announces the resolution from the start: “She wanted her life to be a movie magazine tragedy like the death of a young star (…) but she was never able to leave…

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Middle

The middle of the short story takes readers into the rising action, triggered by the fact that the girl receives a marriage proposal: “There was a young man who wanted to marry her.”

Knowing that if she marries, she will never go to Hollywood, the girl spends months considering her options, trying to gather the courage to find out the cost of a ticket to Hollywood: “She spent months building up the courage to go down to the bus station to find out how much the fare to Hollywood cost.”

Tension increases as the girl becomes so ov…

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Ending

From the falling action, we find out that the girl cries, frustrated by her lack of courage, and that she decides to marry her suitor: “She cried all the way home through the warm, gentle Or…

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