Emotion of Multitudes: Subplots in Novels --- Shambhavi Roy | Numéro Cinq
Rose occupies far less space than Marianne because Jane Austen wants to initiate a dialogue with her readers, but Anne Tyler seems to open our minds to a new idea, one that may not have too many takers in the middle class. The key thing to note is the fact that subplots must parallel or reflect the main plot, otherwise the various elements of a novel fly apart and the text lacks rhythm and unity of thought.