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Sredni Vashtar

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Michael Clark

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Transcript of Sredni Vashtar

Sredni Vashtar
H. H. Munro
Ten years old
Cousins with Mrs. De Ropp
Dislikes Mrs. De Ropp

Mrs. De Ropp
Cousins with Conradin
Dislikes Conradin
Inciting Incident
In the story, Mrs. De Ropp states that she would never confess to herself that she hated Conradin, though she liked to punish him a lot. This tension between the cousins sets off a series of events that eventually lead to Mrs. De Ropp's death.
Conradin Finds the Shed!
While Conradin is plucking fruit in the garden, he notices a small, forgotten shed in the back. What he finds is quite astonishing.
Conradin began to worship Sredni every Thursday, believing the ferret was a god.
Inside of the shed, Conradin discovers a Houden hen, as well as a large polecat-ferret in which he names
Sredni Vashtar
Rising Action
Mrs. De Ropp becomes suspicious of Conradin's trips to the shed.
Houden Hen is Gone!
One morning, Mrs. De Ropp announced that she sold the Houdan hen and had it taken away overnight, which didn't affect Conradin because the hen was never a real part in the cult of Sredni Vashtar.
This Calls for Drastic Measures! DUN DUN DUNNNNN!!!!!
Mrs. De Ropp goes into further investigation in Conradin's room, only to find the key to the shed withholding the almighty Sredni.
"Do one thing..."
The same evening, in the shed, Conradin had chanted to the ferret, "Do one thing for me, Sredni Vashtar". This
will return in the end of the story.
Falling Action
Mrs. De Ropp enters the dilapidated shed, and comes face to face with the four-legged demon. While he was looking out towards the shed, Conradin began to chant:

Sredni Vashtar went forth;
His thoughts were red thoughts and his teeth were white.
His enemies called for peace, but he brought them death.
Sredni Vashtar the Beautiful.

The story is comes to a gloomy end when Mrs. De Ropp is killed by the ferret-god, Sredni Vashtar.
Elements of the Plot
Setting of "Sredni Vashtar"
and How it Affects the Story
Knowing that there is a gardener and a family member other than one of the parents living with Conradin, I can say that this trio lives in a somewhat dirty house in a wooded area. However, the setting of this story has a significant impact on the mood of the story.
First Things First...
A wooded area is a great place to isolate yourself from the rest of the world, so that any news regarding the said area will not be heard of. This make the reader assume that something or someone will either go missing or be killed.
Two is Better Than One...
The main character is a ten year-old boy. Nothing good can come from that.
Third Time's a Charm...
The house that the people live in is what drives the mood. Just a mere glimpse of one of these houses will send chills down your spine.
I'm the realest.
Since Conradin had conceived this religion with the ferret in the shed, he has been keeping it a secret, hoping that no other person would find out, especially Mrs. De Ropp. The whole story revolves around Conradin keeping this secret locked away in the shed.
Mrs. De Ropp
They both dislike each other.

Represented the real parts of the world.

Loved punishing Conradin.
10 years old.

Represents the creative parts of the world.

Somewhat disturbing.
Examples of Figurative Language and Plot Devices in the Story
"... overlooked by so many windows..."
The author personifies the windows as if they had eyes and were looking over the garden.
"... Sredni Vashtar was a god..."
This metaphor compares Sredni Vashtar, or the ferret, to a god. Conradin's imagination perceives the ferret as an actual god, which makes the reader infer that the main character is a bit coo-coo.
So What's the Theme?
The major theme of this story:

"The ones who are hated are often the triumphant ones."
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