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Transcript of ROMAN FEVER
Mrs. Alida Slade
-Married to Delphin Slade
-Daughter: Jenny - Son (died)
-In love with Delphin
-Has black and energetic eyebrows
-Fuller and higher in color.
Mrs. Grace Ansley
-Married to Horace Ansley
-In love with Delphin
-Not interested in the conversation
-Feels sorry for her friend
-"Perfect" (Mrs Slade's opinion)
-Smaller and paler
"Would she never cure herself of envying her?" (Wharton 379).
- Aunt Harriet
The protagonists are Mrs. Slade and Mrs Ansley, who remember their earlier lives. The two women compare their daughters and reflect on each other's lives. As the conversation continues, Mrs. Slade confesses that she had written a letter to Mrs. Ansley many years ago signing it as Delphin Slade (Mrs. Slade's late husband), inviting her to the Colosseum to get Grace (Mrs. Ansley) out of the way of engagement. Mrs. Ansley is upset at this revelation, but confesses that she was not left alone at the Colosseum, she responded the letter, and Delphin arrived to meet her. She reveals that she has not only have an rendezvous love with Delphin, but she also had Barbara with him.
"So these two ladies visualized each other, each through the wrong end of her little telescope" (Wharton 377).
Important Passage Anaylsis
"'But of course he was there. Naturally he came-'" (Wharton 383).
In Lawrence Berkove’s essay over “Roman Fever,” he belittles the idea of the short story as being a satirical work over the manners of the American upper class, and draws out the deeper matters over their violation of their “standards of decency,” negation of their marriage vows, poisoning of their lives with “hatred and deception,” and even “verge upon murder.”
Short Stories For Students (in the Works Cited)
"'Well, my dear, I know what was in that letter because I wrote it'" (Wharton 381).
"She was evidently far less sure than he companion of herself and of her rights in the world" (Wharton 374).
Born on January 24 (1862-1937)
She grew up in New York and went to Yale University.
Married wealthy banker Edward Wharton
Her famous writings include
Summer, Bummer Sisters, the Breef, God's Arrive,
Age of Innocence
The Age of Inocence was what
she won the Pulitzer Prize for in 1920; she was the first women to win it.
was published in the magazine called "Liberty"
The Author- Edith Wharton
Connection to Roman Fever
As a child she traveled a lot and was accustomed to international places such as New York, Madrid, Rome, and France. Mix this in with her wealthy background and imagination as a child and you would see how her stories derive from or in European countries.
Connection to Roman Fever
During the 1890s, Wharton ran away to France and Italy. There her interest in architecture started developing. The architectural landmarks like the Colosseum in Rome came to be a part of her stories because of her interest in architechure.
Night and moon
Rome is a city that is often associated with love. This is appropriate for this love story.
The young girls were part of the story during the day while the older women were mainly talking at night.Showing that when they went to the Colosseum during the night they were much younger than the rest. The moon symbolizes romance and passion.
Looking at the Ancient Ruins
The story depicts the two women looking out at the ancient ruins. This symbolizes them looking at their past, remembering what happened.
-Love and passion
-Rivarly and jealousy
Thematic Statement- Love is a dangerous game that can cause hurt and feelings of betrayal between the best of friends.
1. Characterize Grace Ansley and Alida Slade as fully as you can. By what characterizing devices does the story imply the superiority of Mrs. Slade (what gestures, what statements, what unspoken thoughts)? At what point does Mrs. Ansley begin to seem the superior person?
2. Explain the meaning of the comment about "the wrong end of [the] little telescope" (Wharton 377). How is that comment a suitable conclusion for the first part of the story?
3.Trace the revelation of the animosity that Mrs. Slade feels for Mrs. Ansley. Is Mrs. Ansley doing anything on this evening to provoke her envy? Why has Mrs. Slade always harbored negative feelings about her friend?
4.What purpose is served by the discussion of the different meanings of Rome to mothers and daughters of different generations? What standards of behavior have changed from one generation to the next? What standards have remained the same? How does this discussion expand the meaning of the title of the story?
Prezi By: Hiren Patel
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History of the Short Story
-1st "short stories" are said to be told orally by the egyptians in 3500 BC before the written languages.
- Old testament Stories (Creation story in Genesis)
-Greeks and Romans had classical narratives and Aesop's fables
-In the middle ages (1200-1500) fables and tales were becoming popular
Early types of Short Stories
The Modern Short Story
In the 19th century the short story flourished and it was considered a form of art.
Notable founders of the Modern Short Story-
In America: Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allen Poe, and Herman Melville
In France: Guy de Maupassnt and Prosper Mérimée
In Germany: E.T.A. Hoffman
In Russia: Anton Chekhov
The Short Story
Definition: A relatively brief narrative in prose
Length: From 500 to 12,000 words
Purpose: To reveal a character though a series of actions; the effect is accomplised when the reader comes to know what the true nature of the character is.
Commercial vs Literary Fiction-
Fable- A brief story that sets forth some pointed
statement of truth (moral/didactic)
Parable: A brief story that also sets forth some pointed
statement of truth, but it is more realistic and often allegorical
Tale: A brief story that sets forth strange and wonderful
events without detail of character.