7 Examples of Good Story Endings You Can Learn from Top Authors

Even though the opening of the book dictates the tone of the story, the ending is what that counts because it's real climax of the story. As a writer, analyzing the story endings will enable you to learn how to write more effectively. In this article, we will show you 7 examples of good story endings you can learn from.

1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Nigerian author's Things Fall Apart is considered to be one of the best classic literature that exposes the early centuries of Nigeria. The novel received a number of criticisms for its controversial theme that features the retreat and reluctance for the change that is happening in his beloved clan by the protagonist, Okonkwo. The story ends with his pitiful suicide with a striking statement, "He has put a knife on the things that held us together and now we have fallen apart."

2. The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
Reading the story of Mathilda Loisel, the protagonist of Guy's masterpiece, might be the most disappointing and annoying story you might ever read yet very astonishing and interesting because you would not feel the emotional impact not unless you read until the end. All the emotions lay on the ending because the truth that what Loisel's family have been striving hard to pay for, the diamond necklace, is a fake one. The novel ends with this distressing revelation which adds to the overall impact of the story making it one of the best.

3. The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
Another controversial short story that has ever been produced is Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour. What makes this literature controversial is its capability to raise the subconscious desires of a married woman to be free and independent. Louise Mallard, the protagonist, is shocked by the sudden news that his husband is dead. From the moment she knew about this, she did not feel misery. Instead, she felt a sense of freedom and liberty. After this, the story goes on until the author revealed that Mallard's husband is still alive and kicking.

4. The Lottery Ticket by Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov's The Lottery Ticket will make you think about yourself in a situation where you are the luckiest person who won in the lottery, but that does not stop at that because of the protagonists, Ivan Dmitrich and his wife, unleashed the destructive nature of envy and desires for material possessions against each other. The love that they have shared for years was gone in a matter of seconds because of the prize in the lottery. Anyhow, they end up knowing that the last digit of their combination does not match the right one leaving them ashamed and disappointed with themselves.

5. God Sees the Truth but Waits by Leo Tolstoy
What would you feel if you would see a person suffering from a punishment he does not deserve? Perhaps, you will feel unfair and injustice. These are exactly what Makar Semyonich, the antagonist, felt after seeing Aksionov in jail for years because of his dishonesty and selfishness. Semyonich, then, apologize to Aksionov and confess his crime to the authority. If you think that Aksionov is freed in the ending, you are thinking rightly, aside from the fact Aksionov is already dead before he even goes outside the jail.

6. A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
If you want to scare yourself in the most artistic and striking manner, go for William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily. The psychological-horror theme of this book concusses the market for its new and very controversial attack on the concept of wealth, prestige and sanity. The protagonist, Emily Grierson, remained a mystery until the ending unveils the truth that the long-lost Homer Barron, the love of her life, is decaying inside her room with her found dead as well.

7. Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal
Jose Rizal's Touch Me Not is considered to be one of the revolutionary works of the great national hero of the Philippines. It features the depressing and cruel situation of the Philippines in the 19th century under the Spaniards. Rizal breaks the cliché happy ending by leaving all the characters in the story miserable creating the greater impact on the readers because of its unconventional attack at the ending.

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