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Beware of the Dog
Transcript of Beware of the Dog
Ali Wazir Beware of the Dog
By: Roald Dah Tone: Dahl draws upon his personal experiences in the RAF to write a gripping story about a pilot, who becomes a POW. The tone of the story is intense at the start, nervous in the middle, and confident at the end.
Mood: The reader would be confused at the beginning of the story because the character doesn't even know where he is in the first place. This makes it confusing to find out what is happening. The reader will slowly realize that Peter has been captured. The mood then changes to determined during and after the climax. Tone and Mood Types of Conflict Exposition The vocabulary and word choice are very important to the story, because they show the period it took place. An example of that is when he asked for a "cigarette", and the nurse agreed and also lights it for him. This shows this was a time before they knew the dangers of smoking.
Some examples of personification was when he was talking about his "doubt" that "grew" and his "fear" that "danced". This usage underlines the gravity of Peter's situation.
Peter compares his injury to "finding a dead cat on the sofa." The simile reveals that he's in a goofy, funny state of mind, to keep his mind off of his pain.
The water is "as hard as nails." This idiom is used to emphasize the hardness of the water. This adds to Peter's doubts about where he is. Word Choice Charecter Development/Analysis Setting: In the air and France.
I Conflict: Battles inner demons and delusions
E Conflict: WW II, Gets captured in France.
Charecters: Peter Williamson, nurse,doctor and RAF officer. EXPOSITOIN Ejects himself from the plane Passes out in the air Finds himself in a hospital Hears JU-88's Looks through window and finds out he is in France CLIMAX Peter's right leg is lost Notices nervousness in nurse Recalls instruction from Intelligence Officer Commander visits and questions Peter gives only name, rank, number Learns about vist for report Suspects hard vs. soft water RESOLUTION FALLING ACTION Protagionist: Peter Williamson
Antagonist: The Germans.
Flat- The Wing Commander
Round- Peter Williamson
Dynamic- Peter Williamson THEME POV & Narrative POV: The POV is third person limited because
the author is describing Peter's thoughts and
emotions, but not for other characters.
Due to this, the author maintains the suspense
in the story.
This story is also a linear narrative because it
goes in chronological order. Setting:
Time:WW II, early 1940s
Place: In the air and France
I Conflict: Battles inner demons and delusions
E Conflict: WW II, gets captured in France.
Characters: Peter Williamson, nurse, doctor, and RAF officer. SYMBOLISM
GARDE AU CHIEN - Beware of the dog or in this case the Germans.
The fly could be Peter and the gray walls are the Germans.
The fly is also a "black speck," symbolizing mystery and fear.
JU-88 engine sound is symbolic of his doubt.
Hard water is symbolic of his doubt as well. Background History WW II started in 1939 and ended in 1945
Germany invaded Poland
Britain and France declared war on Germany
France surrendered in 1940, and Germany occoupied portions of the cournty
German occupied France is the setting for this story (airspace and hospital) Things aren’t always as they appear! RISING ACTION The story has both internal and external conflicts
There are 2 types of external conflict, both of type “man vs man”
The first is WW II, a direct military conflict. Peter has lost his leg in this conflict, and is captured in France.
The second is a more subtle conflict, where the people in the hospital try to extract information from Peter.
The internal conflicts are of the type “man vs himself”
Peter deals with a lot of fears, delusions, doubts, and suspicions, all within his mind. Foreshadowing
The author describes the fly on the ceiling as “this small black speck on sea of gray.” This is a foreshadowing of the suspicions that arise in Peter’s mind. “Slowly the grain of doubt grew, and with it came a fear…”
Peter remembers the "baths which he used to take at school in Brighton... He remembered how the water was so soft..." This is an important lead into the climax since this is an important memory that increases his doubts. Other Elements