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A Man Who Had No Eyes By: MacKinlay Kantor A presentation by: Josh Horney, Zack Lozon, Noah Churchill-Baird and Josh Kellier Josh Horney Author's Style and Technique Zack Lozon Central Conflict Story Tracker Title and Author Characters Setting Details Rising Action Climax Conclusion Theme(s) The Title of the short story is "A Man Who Had No Eyes"

The Author's name is MacKinlay Kantor Protagonist: Mr. Parsons

Antagonist: Markwardt/Old Beggar Time:
-in the past(late 1800s/early
1900s)
-Spring

Place:
-outside a hotel
-United States
-industrial city of Westbury

Circumstances:
-a recent chemical explosion
-lots of people out of work

Value of the setting to the
story:

The setting is active because
without it being an industrial
city with factories there would
have been no chemical explosion
and neither of the characters
would have been blind. Crises Points Events:
-the beggar/Markwardt
tries to sell a lighter to
Mr. Parsons
-Mr. Parsons buys a
lighter from the beggar
-the beggar/Markwardt
tells Mr. Parsons his
story
Action:
-Mr. Parsons buys a
lighter from the beggar
-the beggar explains how
he became blind and how
the chemical explosion
affected him The climax of the story was when Mr. Parsons says that the beggar's story had been twisted to make the beggar look like he was the victim when it really was Mr. Parsons. The climax also included when the reader discovers that both of the characters were blind. The conclusion to the story "A Man Who Had No Eyes" was that Mr. Parsons tells Markwardt that he is not to be pitied because he chose to do nothing with his life where is Mr. Parsons has succeeded, he has achieved his goals. The theme of the story is that you can still succeed no matter your struggles or obstacles as long as you are determined and put all of your effort into it. Noah Churchill-Baird Theme Josh Kellier Personality Traits Symbol:
The cane used by the old beggar
is a symbol because when you see
someone with a cane you believe
that there is something wrong
with them and that they are weak
and frail. Pathos:
The reader felt sympathy towards
the beggar because he was blind,
poor and had to beg for money.
The reader also feels sympathy
towards him because in his false
story the blind man had said that
he was a victim that should be
pitied. Foil:
The author put two very different characters
together in this story to
stress their difference; they
were Mr. Parsons and the old
beggar.

Mr. Parsons was kind, generous,
rich, sophisticated, successful and had achieved much in his life
time.

The beggar was old, poor, sick,
a liar, unsuccessful and never
amounted to anything. Mr. Parsons Markwardt/Old beggar Character traits: -positive
-experienced
-humble Evidence:
(Positive) Mr. Parsons is positive in the story “A Man Who Had No Eyes”. He is positive in the story because he was in the same situation as Markwardt, they both had lost their eyesight in the Westbury fire. But they ended up very different. Mr. Parsons stayed positive and chose the high way with life, and it payed off. Evidence:
(Experienced) Mr. Parsons is experienced in the story because he has been through a lot in his life. He started off in C-shop as a labourer, but after the fire, he became a successful, respected and admired man. Mr. Parsons worked really hard, and he had remarked “…he had been little more than a skilled labourer; now he was successful…and he had done it struggling beneath handicaps…” Evidence:
(Humble) Mr. Parsons is very humble in the story because while Markwardt was spouting on and on about his story and how he was blind, Mr. Parsons didn’t complain and say that he was blind too. Even at the end of the story when Markwardt was screaming at Mr. Parsons, Parsons just uttered “…don’t make such a row about it, Markwardt…So am I.” Mr. Parsons didn’t complain about his blindness, he lived through it. Character traits: -negative
-selfish
-liar Evidence:
(negative) Markwart is a very negative character in the story “A Man Who Had No Eyes”. Markwart is negative because when he lost his eyes in the Westbury fire, he decided to take the low road and eventually became a blind beggar. He didn’t look for a job after he lost his eyes like Mr. Parsons, and Mr. Parsons ended up with the better life. After Markwart told his story to Parsons, he thought about what would Mr. Parsons say to him “Tough luck, my man. Now, I want to.” This proves that Markwart immediately thinks about the negative outcomes, he doesn’t think positive at all. A contrast to Mr. Parsons. Evidence:
(selfish) Marwardt was selfish in the story. He was much bigger than Mr. Parsons and threw him out of the way to escape the fire. Markwart didn’t care if he killed Mr. Parsons in that fire, as long as he got out he was fine. Evidence:
(liar) Markwart was an enormous liar in the story. He told Mr. Parsons that he had the best cigarette lighters ever made, yet he was selling them for one dollar. Markwart also told Mr. Parsons that he was “no beggar” but he was. Determination Strong-willed Persistence Purposefulness Dedication "A few years ago he had been little more than a skilled laborer: now he was successful, respected, admired." "And, he had done it alone, unaided, struggling beneath handicaps…." "Insured," repeated his listener. "Yes. That's what I sell--" Mr. Parsons was kind, generous,
rich, sophisticated, successful and had achieved much in his life
time.

Markwardt was old, poor, sick,
a liar, unsuccessful and never
amounted to anything. Part C: The Interview The theme of the story is that you can still succeed no matter your struggles or obstacles as long as you are determined and put all of your effort into it. "Certainly. I'll help you out. As you say, I can give it to someone. Maybe the elevator boy would --"
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