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The Landlady Plot Diagram
Transcript of The Landlady Plot Diagram
By- Roald Dahl
Trinity C 9G
The exposition is where Billy Weaver is introduced and so is the setting which is him getting off the train in Bath, London. Then he finds the bed and breakfast sign. "Billy caught sight of a printed notice propped up against the glass in one of the upper panes. It said bed and breakfast."
The denouement is the last important title left in a story. In 'The Landlady" is it when Billy asks if there has been another guests in the last two to three years, and the landlady's last words were, "No, my dear,' she said 'only you."
Rising Action (1)
The rising action are what lead up to the little event that lead up to the big event known as the climax. In the story it is when Billy and the landlady head upstairs to a room while she is talking about him having to signing the book."Would you be kind enough to pop into the sitting room on the ground floor and sign the book? Everyone has to do that because it’s the law of the land, and we don’t want to go breaking any laws at this stage in the proceedings, do we?”
Rising Action (3)
The third rising action is when Billy was trying to figure out who Mr. Mulholland and Mr. Temple are from the lobby book. He felt like he knew them somehow. "There is nothing more tantalizing than a thing like this that lingers just outside the borders of one’s memory. He hated to give up. "
The initial incident is what starts the conflict that will finally lead the the climax. In "The Landlady" its when Billy meets the landlady and she talks about the price of staying at the bed and breakfast. Billy wants to make sure he can afford staying at the bed breakfast, "'Five and sixpence a night, including breakfast.' It was fantastically cheap. It was less than half of what he had been willing to pay."
Rising Action (2)
The second rising action is when Billy is heading down to the main floor sign the book and noticing other names because he notices that their are only two names which brings up suspicion. "There were only two other entries above his on the page, and as one always does with guest books, he started to read them. One was a Christopher Mulholland from Cardiff. The other was Gregory W. Temple from Bristol. "
The climax is what the whole story leads up to.In "The Landlady" the climax is when Billy notices the parrot had not moved since he has been here because she does it with all her pets when they pass, "I stuff all my little pets myself when they pass away."
The falling action is when the story is starting to coming to an end. in the story it is when Billy starts to notice the taste of bitter almonds in his tea because it is a posion called cyanide. "The tea tasted faintly of bitter almonds, and he didn’t much care for it."
Billy Weaver- I think he could be a round and static character because we know his physical traits along with his thoughts like when he was explaining the landlady, " Now, the fact that his landlady appeared to be slightly off her rocker didn't worry Billy in the least. After all, she was not only harmless, there was no question about that, but she was quite obviously a kind and generous soul." I think Billy is static because he doesn't change throughout the story. He is clueless throughout the story, start to end.
Landlady- I thinks she is flat and static because there is very little detail we know really about her other than her age, and she is a taxidermist. She also doesn't change throughout the story because she was akiller for the beginning to the end.
I think the conflict is man vs. man because the landlady poisons Billy with cyanide which she had done with the other men she had stay there. She would put it in their tea so they would never know. "I stuff all my little pets myself when they pass away."
Point of View
I think the point of view is third person because the story uses he and she, along with names for example,"Billy Weaver had traveled down from London on the slow afternoon train."
The theme is "Don't Judge a Person by their Appearance" because Billy thinks the bed and breakfast is going to be better then The Bell and Dragon. Billy was wrong because he ends up being poisoned by the landlady. "It looked to him as though it would be a pretty decent house to stay in. Certainly it would be more comfortable then The Bell and Dragon."
I think the mood of the story "The Landlady," is frightening because of how oblivious Billy is until the very end. When Billy asks, "Excuse me asking, but haven't there been any other guests except them in the last two or three years?" and getting the response, "No, my dear,' she said 'only you." is when he started to understand she was a serial killer.
I think the tone is suspicious because the landlady is creepy throughout the entire story but billy just shrugs it off . Not realizing she is a taxidermist until the very end.
"It doesn't look in the least bit dead. Who did it?'
'Of course,' she said 'have you met my little Basil as well?"