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The Fever - 1793

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Kat Pham

on 28 January 2016

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Figurative Language
Point of View
Fever 1793 is written in first person point
of view. This affects the story because we see things from only the main character's point of view. Matilda narrates the story and explains it from her perspective. We don't get to see things other characters' perspectives and don't know what they feel or think. The author uses words such as I, WE, and THEY.
The Fever - 1793

Book by Laurie Halse Anderson
Presentation by
Katherine Pham
Cindy Do
Matteo Nguyen
Leilani Le
Theme 1
Whitney Tran
It takes hard work to survive tough times.
Matilda constantly looks for supplies to keep from starving. For example, she found edible vegetables from her rotting garden. Page 128 states, " I weeded the bean patch and found a few hidden string beans for my efforts" Page 164 states how she also tried to save a baby named Nell, even though that would take more work.That then lead to finding Eliza, which made it easier for Matilda to find a place to live.
Theme 2
Kindness leads to satisfaction.
Matilda is happy about being able to manage the coffee house with Nell, the baby she saved. Nell was about to be given to the orphan house. However due to certain circumstances, Matilda takes her in and is glad to keep Nell. Page 242 states, "Nell refused to leave my side, but I didn't mind." That also shows how Matilda is comfortable with Nell being there.
A simile in the book is, "The small bodies gave off heat like an iron stove....." This is a simile because the word "like" compares the small bodies to the heat of an iron stove.

Plot Map
Plot Summary
The first event begins when Polly dies of the fever. More, and more people catch the yellow fever that is believed to originate from the river. Soon, Matilda's mother falls ill. At first, they believe she only has a regular fever, but discovers she has the yellow fever.
To protect her daughter, Matilda's mom sends her to the
Ludingtons' farm
city along
with her grandfather. Together, they travel with another family who
willing to
them off
at t
heir destination. On their way to the farm, a doctor accompanied by guards ar
forced to check if any travelers show symptoms of the fever. The doctor presu
s that Matild
grandfather is sic
and so, they are forced to walk home as the family rides off with their possess
Matilda and her grandfather journeys home in the heat until they take shelter underneath a chestnut tree as her grandpa becomes nauseated. As Matilda returns to the tree after an unsuccessful trip to find food, she suddenly faints. Matilda wakes up in a hospital for fever victims and is informed that she has fallen ill with yellow fever, not her granddad. Matilda is soon well again and has survived the turmoil.
The two return to their coffeehouse to see that is abandon and has been robbed. Matilda worries that her mother did not overcome the fever. After a few days from returning, Matilda wakes up to the noise of two thieves. At first she tries to stay quiet, but she is compelled to stop them. Unfortunately, Matilda is defeated. Her grandfather, a former soldier of General Washington, also wakes up from the ruckus and aims a gun at them and pulls the trigger. One of the thieves escapes as the other rustles with him. He dies trying to protect Matilda after she drives the robber away.
After his death, Matilda finds a little girl whose mom has died from the fever. While on the way to the orphanage, she finds Eliza helping the fever victims. Eliza takes her in to live with her, her brother, and her two nephews. Matilda learns to take care of the little girl and the boys, especially when they have the yellow fever. She decides to continue to care for her and take on Eliza as a partner for the coffeehouse.
The first frost comes which rids the city of the fever. After George Washington returns to the white house, Matilda finds her mother who has been staying with the Ludingtons.
Theme 3
Brianna Du

The love for another will not be forgotten.
Even though Matilda's mother was sick and away, she keeps remembering the love that was given to her. She also thinks about her grandfather and his lessons he taught her. Matilda's mother also continuously thought about how to find Matilda. For example, on page 238, she says, " I couldn't find you, no matter where I looked." That shows Matila's mom loves her so much that she was worried.
Matilda finds out that her servant, Polly has died from the yellow fever. Soon, Matilda's mother is diagnosed with it too. To protect her daughter from it, Matilda is sent off to the Ludingtons' farm accompanied by her grandpa while their chef, Eliza, stays to care for her mom.
Matilda's Grandfather
On their way to the farm, a doctor and four horsemen are authorized to check them and the family who offered to take them of the fever. He finds Matilda's grandfather sick, and they are booted off the wagon having to walk home.
On their journey home, they take shelter under a chestnut tree. Returning from an unsuccessful trip to catch fish, Matilda faints and wakes up in a hospital for fever victims. She is informed that it is she who has the yellow fever, not her grandpa. Over time,Matilda survives the fever and is allowed to return home.
Cindy Do
I rate the story 3 stars. During the beginning, it continuessly decribed the Yellow Fever. For example, the victums, dangers and effects. After restating similar things, it became less interesting. However, when Matilda's mom got sick, and various other problems happened, it became suspensful.Therefore, I rate it 3 stars.
When they return home, they find that the coffeehouse has been robbed and abandoned. After a few days living there, Matilda wakes up to the noise of two thieves. Trying to protect Matilda, her grandfather dies while the thieves flee injured.
Matilda finds an orphan whose mother has died from the yellow fever. While on the way to the orphanage, Matilda finds Eliza who has been helping fever victims. She stays at Eliza's until the kids get sick and they reside in the coffeehouse where Matilda decides to take Eliza as a partner.
The first frost falls and Matilda's mom returns home from the Ludingtons'. Although she is weak, Matilda's mom has survived the fever.
Yet another idiom in Fever 1793 is, " . .screaming the kind of words that would have raised every hair on my mother's head. " This is a idiom because words can't actually raise every hair on your head. The meaning of this idiom if taken literally would be very unrealistic and whimsical.
An idiom in the book is, "Grandfather had already collapsed on his covers, snoring loud enough to shake the stars from the sky."This is an idiom because it emphasizes how loud Matilda's grandfather snores.

A metaphor in the book is, "Eliza was in the kitchen cooking up a storm....," because it's showing how when Eliza was cooking and how a storm are similar in a way.
Matilda's grandfather proves he is protective
caring, and strong. When her mother gets the yellow fever, Matilda's grandfather goes along with Matilda to the Ludington's farm. Then, after they are thrown off the wagon, Matilda faints because she has the fever too. Her grandpa has to carry her in the heat of the sun to the nearest hospital miles away. Matilda's grandfather shows he is protective on page 144 when he makes the thieves flee from the coffeehouse. Although in the process, he ends up dying.
Leilani Le
Matilda matures throughout the story and shows that she is caring and hardworking. When she found Nell in the abandoned house with her dead mother, Matilda took Nell with her and cared for her. She gave herself a smaller portion of food for the kids. When the children caught the fever, Matilda was up day and night to make sure they got what they needed.

Katherine Pham
I rate the story 3 stars because it was a bit boring but not too boring. In the beginning, not much was happening but as I neared the end, the book gradually became more interesting.
Brianna Du
Whitney Tran
I would give this story 2 stars. The beginning of the story had me in no interest what so ever. The only part that was interesting was when people started to die. Therefore, I rate this book 2 stars.
I would give this four stars because it gets more interesting as you read more. The part where her grandpa dies is very unexpected and emotional. I am always concerned if a character is going to die because of the fever. Throughout the story, I am worried for Matilda.
I rate this story 3 stars because in the beginning of the story it didn't really hook me on to what was going on. When I started to get closer to the middle and end of the book there was more action and suspense. When problems started to occur at the end of the book that is what hooked me on to the story. Therefore, I rate this book 3 stars.
Matilda also proves she is hardworking because when her mother wasn't feeling good, she did the shopping and had to help with every thing else. Additionally, she had to find food and help her grandfather when he was sick and home was miles away. Although she was allowed to go home to catch dinner, Matilda stayed with Eliza to help the fever victims.
Setting : A Coffeehouse in Philadelphia
Characters : Matilda, Gradfather, Matilda's mom,Eliza, Nathaniel, Nell
The Fever - 1793
I give this book three stars because there were some parts in the story that I didn't understand. There were also parts where I couldn't go along with the story, and sometimes I couldn't understand the transition between parts in the story.
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