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Choices

English project
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Rebecca G

on 19 May 2015

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Transcript of Choices

Choices
Important
Passage #2
"'Get me out of here.' Her mind said over and over. She put words on the tips of her fingers and played them... She had to say it, shout it out, let them know, 'I'm here. I'm here. I'm hurt. Find me. Hear me. See me.'"
Important Paragraph #3
"'Ken! Ken!' but it was just a mumble and when she found him he was putting his hands on each side of his head leaning forward. He looked like he was thinking..."
"The phone rang at six o'clock, then again at six-twenty, but she had stayed awake, taking a last shower, packing, boiling water for a starter cup of coffee..."
Why is this Important?
Why is this
Passage Important?
By Susan Kerslake
Why is this
Important?
her first time seeing Ken after the accident
his reaction
her thoughts; reconsiders relationship
the line, "The fact that there had been a choice, that this was a matter of a choice, struck her," refers back to the title of the story
Your Turn!
choose (aha, get it...?) at least 2-3 sentences that you find is interesting or is important (to you, to the society, to life, etc.)

explain why you think it is interesting or important (don't need to write this down, just share it to the class)
Pg. 117
Important Passages
Characters
Questions:
Round or Flat?
Dynamic or Static?
Protagonist or Antagonist?
Direct characterization or Indirect characterization?
P
EGGY
Round -
We are given many characteristics about Peggy:
shows a lot of emotion
she's complex
young
naive
innocent
lazy
she has a lot of vanity (unblemished legs)
desperate
she's a person that goes with the flow

Protagonist -
She is the main character of the story
She faces the car accident conflict
It's her thoughts that make up the story
Indirect Characterization -
Stream of Consciousness technique is used
We are left to depict what kind of person she is
We only know what the character is saying and what she is doing
Limited omniscient
Dynamic –
She learns that even the small choices can affect her in the worst ways possible
She learns that she is the sort of person who easily trusts others
She learns that she put her trust in the wrong person, and that's what lead to the unfortunate event
Important
Passage #1
K
EN
Questions:
Round or Flat?
Dynamic or Static?
Protagonist or Antagonist?
Direct characterization or Indirect characterization?

it shows Peggy's moment of realization
tells what was going on in her mind; her frustration, feelings
what she is going through
life
decisions
words
choices
feelings
thoughts
confusion
situations
Words
words
words
WORDS
hours before the accident
shows what she does; not worrying or thinking about anything
dramatic irony
Pg. 117
Pg. 121
Pg. 126
S
TORY
E
LEMENTS
Mood
Setting
Foreshadowing
Irony
Point of View
In the beginning: Happy, cheery, light, and airy.
At the end: Dark, scary, and dreary.
Time?

Present or early 21st Century
Summer
Start of the weekend
Place?

A city, close to a body of water
In a blue car (Ken's)
On the highway
In an ambulance

Middle: Confused and scared.
Plot/Conflicts
Peggy prepares for a camping trip with Ken, her boyfriend
Ken picks her up. The couple starts to drive down the highway towards the campsite
The car crashes on the way to the campsite
Peggy blacks out and wakes up in the midst of a wreckage
She tries to call for help. After what seemed like an eternity, she gets discovered
Peggy passes out
She comes to, just in time for people to see her. She's extracted from the wrecked car
She gets rushed into an ambulance and assisted by EMTs
Peggy spots Ken and tries to get his attention. Ken looks like he's deep in thought, not paying any attention to Peggy.
Beginning
Peggy’s at home preparing for the trip, still contemplating whether or not she should go. Ken comes in and picks her up.

Rising Action
The car starts driving down the highway.

Climax
The car crashes.

Falling Action
Peggy tries to find her way out of the car, gets rescued and helped by EMTs.

Resolution
Peggy sees Ken and notices that he doesn’t check in on her or anything, feelings of betrayal are present.
Person vs. Self
Peggy, Ken

Person vs. Person
Peggy vs. Ken

Person vs. Environment
Peggy vs. Car
Weather
"Cloud, fog, onshore winds, offshore winds."
"The front should move in by noon tomorrow bringing overcast skies and rainy weather for the weekend."
"A factor."
"S
hould she die tomorrow, someone else could deal with the dirty sink.
"
"He had small, courageous scars on his body; she wondered why some people showed scars and others did not. Her own legs and arms, which must have suffered the assortment of scrapes and scratches of every normal childhood, were essentially smooth, unblemished surfaces."
Flat -
He keeps to himself for most of the story
He doesn’t express himself
We don’t know much about him
Only a few physical characteristics are given about him
Checking on the car
The weather
Style
3rd person
limited omniscient
Static –
We don’t know much of his personality to begin with
The accident didn’t affect him as much as it affected Peggy
His personality didn’t change, but he showed his true colours at the end

Antagonist –
They were in a car accident mainly because of his actions, and possibly also because they were drinking alcohol
He also upset Peggy, the protagonist, by betraying and leaving her
Sentences generally tend to be either quite short or quite long. No happy medium.
In a poetic style with very sense provoking descriptions.
Lots of imagery.
THEMES
Described in a stream of consciousness (the reader knows the character's every thought and feelings).
Symbolism
The Engine
The engine represents Ken, an obstacle that seems harmless or even useful at first but can cause sever things such as death.
The Trip
The trip represents a new chapter in Peggy's life where she realizes just how cruel the world is. She also understands how each choice we make in our every day life can effect, and does effect us.
Indirect Characterization –
He doesn’t have much dialogue
We are left to decide what kind of person he is

- find out the true feelings of someone before you trust them (in love)
- even the smallest decisions/choices can make a big difference
- expect the unexpected
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