Analysis

The analysis of the short story “Clerk Wanted” by Dennis Thorp shows that it follows a linear, chronological plot structure. The narrative revolves around what appears to be a job interview and its aftermath.

The main character in the story is Desmond. Another important character is Eric Colshaw, who applies for the position of accounts clerk. Desmond’s boss, Mr Winfield, appears at the end.

The physical setting is somewhere in England during the 20th century. The entire action takes place in an office.

The story is told from the point of view of a third-person narrator, who appears to observe all the characters and their interactions. 

The language is neutral, without contractions, but using common words. The narrative relies on dialogue to drive the story forward.

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