The analysis of the short story “Hope” by Jonathan Santlofer shows that it follows a linear, chronological plot structure. The narrative revolves around Hope’s abortion and how it impacts her, as well as her relationship with Artie. 

The main character in the story is Hope. Another important character is Artie, her boyfriend. The story suggests they experience a conflict after Hope’s abortion.

The physical setting is a town in New Jersey, USA. The time setting is during the 1960s when abortions were illegal in the United States. The social setting touches on gender inequalities. 

The story is told from the point of view of a third-person narrator, who has access to both Hope and Artie’s thoughts and feelings. The perspective changes several times over the course of the story. 

The language is casual and conversational, using common words and phrases. The dialogue imitates everyday speech, adding realism to the story. 

Note that several of these analysis points might be relevant when describing the conflict of the story, as it comes across in both the structure, the characters, and the setting.

You can read a more detailed analysis in the following pages. 

Short story analysis

I denne vejledning får du Studienets hjælp til at analysere noveller (short stories) i engelsk.