Although Segovia is a character within the story, he has the role of an author. He compares architecture to writing and uses this lens to tell the reader different aspects that a narrative should include.
“A house and a story should be solid, functional and necessary, lasting” (Samperio 55).
The metaphor used by Segovia helps the reader understand the importance of the structure that goes within a story. His statement is extremely clear, showing the reader that his analysis will also be easy to understand. By stating that a story should be solid, he looks at the theme or lesson that it will teach the reader or other characters within the story. Having a solid story tells the author that the plot needs to be easily identified and comprehendible. The functional aspect of the story again can relate to the themes taught in the story, but can also shed light on the style and devices used within the story. Having a functional story with metaphors, similes and images to help guide the reader is an additional part a story should include. Segovia’s need for the word “necessary” refers to the amount of detail or information a story provides. For example, a story does not need to include ‘fluff’ but should include details which have a relative point to the climax. Finally, the “lasting” refers to the importance of the story. Making sure that the story written by an author will be remembered and passed down to others is a very special trait all authors do not carry. His goal is to try to make a story leave a memory for the audience.