Short Stories - Literary Devises Title:__

Point of View:
The story is told in third person.

What type of character is the Protagonist?
The protagonist is a round character. We go to know Paul, and his enviroment.

The Antagonist is Paul's wife, Ellen.

Describe the setting
The story takes place in a farmhouse in the prairies during the great depression.

Type of Conflict:

Describe the main conflict:

The main conflict is Man vs. Man, with some Man vs. Enviroment.

Describe the Climax of the Story:
The climax of the story is when Ellen runs away.

How does the Protagonist change over the course of the story?
He starts to understand the antagonist, and is not so stubborn. He has also learned his mistakes the hard way.

Describe the relationship between the title and the theme.
The lamp blew out at noon when the storm struck. Paul came in to find it blown out with the lunch dishes. This illustrates the theme of natural disaster, and the people involved.

How does the main conflict help to illustrate the theme?
The main conflict is Man vs. Man, and it helps to illustrate the theme of natural disaster and the people involved. Many would say that the main conflict is Man vs. Enviroment, but I disagree. Paul and Ellen's disagreement over whether to abandon the farm or not was the main conflict.

How does the climax help to illustrate the theme?
It helps to illustrate the theme of natural disaster and the people involved. It shows just what lengths peple had to go to in those times to be safe - and how sometimes even they don't work out.

Give examples of each of the following literary terms in the story (use quotes):

''Beyond, as if through smoke, the sunset smouldered like a distant fire.''

''Suddenly like the fields he was naked.''

''The tatters of the storm still whimpered through the eaves, and in their moaning told the desolation of the miles they had traversed.''

'' ''Desert'', he heard her voice begin to sob. ''Desert, you fool - the lamp lit at noon!'' ''

Foreshadowing (give both elements):
''Until at last he stood there, staring into the livid face before him, it seemed this scream of wind was a cry from her parched and frantic lips.''

Irony: '' ''You were right. Paul ...'' Her voice came whispering as if she too could feel the hush. You said tonight we'd see the storm go down. So still now, and a red sky - it means tommorow will be fine.''

Imagery: ''In dim, fitful outline the stable and oat granary still were visible; beyond, obscuring fields and landmarks, the lower of dust clouds made the farmyard seem an isolated acre, poised above a sombre void.''

Describe the relationships between the class theme and the story.
This story studies a historical aspect of humanity, The Great Depression. It also demonstrates how humans cope in a disaster, and how marriages sometimes don't work for certain humans.

1)This story has a very bleak, despairing atmosphere. There is an underlying sense of dread throughout the whole story.
''Even the clock, a few minutes off noon could not dispel a foreboding sense that he was longer than he should be.''

''Tense, she fixed her eyes on the clock, listening.''

2) The ending is pessimistic. The baby dies, and they lose their crops. Some may take it as optimistic, but it really isn't. Ellen was in shock at the end, which is why she said everytihng would be fine.

3) Ellen ran away to protect the baby, and to get out of the house in case the storm destroyed it. The tragedy couldn't have been avoided because the baby's throat would have filled up with dust in the house, plus he would have gotten sicker had they lived there any longer.

4) I feel more sympathy for Paul. He just wants to make a good life for his family, but it's so hard. He picked a difficult job, and it's difficult times. I also think he feels bad deep inside for pulling Ellen away from her old life.

5) The author is explaining that the Depression had a a pretty bad effect on human relationships, what with all the scrimping, sickness, and sometimes death. It was a very stressful, sorrowful time for many.