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Transcript of Christmas Everyday
This is a classic example of dramatic irony because we know something the little girl does not.
Christmas Every Day
By William Dean Howells
Howells was born on March 1, 1837, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, and died on May 11, 1920.
He was an American realist author, literary critic, and playwright. President Abraham Lincoln appointed him U.S. consul in Venice, Italy, as a reward for writing a campaign biography of Lincoln in 1860.
William Dean Howells
The main character in Christmas Every Day is the girl in Papa's story. She is greedy, selfish, immature, and naive. This is shown through her actions and her thoughts.
The conflict in this story is man vs. self:
The girl vs. her greed
(she wants Christmas every day, even though it will ruin the holiday for others.
The mood of the story starts as a happy and playful, but as the story continues, it becomes sour, frustrated, and bitter.
The author shows this mood through the story characters' actions, thoughts, and feelings.
- The girl in Papa's story - Protagonist/Antagonist
She wishes for it to be Christmas everyday, in the beginning of the story. By the end of the story, she never wants to have Christmas again.
- The little girl (not from Papa's story)
The little girl thought that celebrating Christmas everyday would be a good idea, but Papa's story made her change her mind.
Point of view
Candy cane picture:
"Vintage Merry Christmas Clipart | Clipart Panda - Free Clipart Images." Vintage Merry Christmas Clipart | Clipart Panda - Free Clipart Images. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2014.
William Dean Howells picture:
"Cast." William Dean Howells. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2014.
Christmas Tree picture:
"Christmas Tree Care Tips - Altered Grounds." Altered Grounds Landscaping. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2014.
"Love Your Gut." Love Your Gut RSS. N.p., Dec. 2011. Web. 21 Oct. 2014.
Santa Clause Hat picture:
"Overview - 2013 Santa Hat - Tulsa Ultimate Federation." The Ultimate Gift Tournament. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2014.
Keltner, Dacher. "Greed on Wall Street Prevents Good from Happening." The New York Times. N.p., 16 Mar. 2012. Web. 22 Oct. 2014.
Christmas Every day
The little girl asks her father to tell her a story about Christmas.
1. The little girl in the story writes multiple letters to the fairy asking for it to be Christmas every day.
2. The fairy responds and says she might get Christmas every day, but that she would have to wait and see.
3. The first Christmas passes, and another begins on the next day. Christmas continues to be celebrated.
Everyone, including the little girl, hates Christmas and wants it to end (people got mad at the little girl for causing all the Christmases and refused to play with her.)
Third person omniscient - It allows the reader to know what every character is thinking and feeling.
Greed on Wall Street Prevents Good from Happening
Author - Dacher Keltner
Summary - Ivan Boesky spoke out at a university in 1986 about how greed is, in fact, good. The speech was said to inspire many, but after research was performed, greed was proved to be the exact opposite. Seven studies in total were conducted. Throughout the testing, researchers found that the wealthiest and most fortunate subjects cheated the most. Business owners and high ranking workers have also been commonly proved to take more and use more. However, that is their jobs. The issue lies in the fact that their thirst for profit outweighs their morality.
Relation to Story- This article relates to Christmas Every Day by having a strong tie to greed and how its negatives effects on people. Both writings tell about how greed is most common in the fortunate. The little girl in the story is very lucky to be able to have an elaborate Christmas every year, causing her to crave more of it. The wealthy businessmen in the article already have a large profit, but this makes them want to seek out more, despite common morals.
The little girl begin sending letters to the fairy, and calling her at home, begging for Christmas to stop. But the little girl's efforts were in vain because she never heard back.
When the original Christmas Eve comes around, the little girl fully expects to have Christmas again the next morning. However it doesn't come, and from that day forward Christmas went back to being one day a year