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Transcript of Gore
A reader who has not analyzed the hints about characters would assume that Amy's scary experience was really happening, and would expect her ultimate demise.
It is painted to seem like Amy is really in trouble, and Liam won't help because he's used to her acting so she'll go down this time.
But at the end, you discover it was all an act, the opposite of what the reader believes.
It's a discrepancy between what seems to be (Amy's abduction) and what ends up happening (a prank).
The contrast between the two characters in the story (Amy and Lucas) is introduced almost immediately.
Amy, the narrator, mentions that her and her twin brother Lucas are polar opposites by saying she wonders if they're even the same species.
She also seems to have a superiority complex over her brother, which is implied by calling him an "unevolved thugoid" in comparison to her, a "basic homo sapien".
Crude ideas and twisted themes behind the story “Gore”
Include different protagonists and antagonists
The story is based completely on imagination
What you think is real really is a literary trick, because the narrator is describing her imaginary situation
It is communicated clearly to the reader that nothing is what it seems unless you see it for yourself and not to believe anything unless you are sure it’s true
Using your brain to get out of unpleasant situations is generally the most effective and will do the job over strength any day
In conclusion, this story clearly exemplifies that your imaginations can create new worlds, as well as wit and smarts can overpower strength any day.
Twins have a very special bond, even Amy and Lucas.
Not quite the best friend relationship other twins experience, they fight 24/7
Lucas is the stronger and more dominant sibling
Amy, his twin sister, is not as physically strong yet she has her brains. “An extensive vocabulary and a gift for voice impersonation.”
This phrase hints that she will later use her psychological weapons in the story.
Lucas being the stronger and dominant sibling, he always picks on Amy.
This particular day, he snatches her new book right out of her hands and locks himself in the bathroom so Amy, his twin, can’t get the book back.
It’s all fun and games until someone tells an authority figure, but Amy can’t because her parents aren’t home.
Thinks up a strategy to get her annoying brother out of that bathroom and get her book back.
She rings the doorbell, telling Lucas she’ll answer it. She imagines three hooded creatures standing before her and walking into the house, taking her with them.
She calls out to Lucas, yelling at him to let her into the bathroom, he refuses.
She imagines a smell, a putrid and retched smell, filling her nose and lungs with its stink.
Creatures wrapping their hands around her wrists, dragging her into a different room and away from Lucas.
The creatures finally speak, telling Amy they need her being, they need her to become one of them.
Lucas gets more and more worried.
Done faking her alien encounter and she’s lying outside the bathroom door, Lucas finally cracks open the door to his precious hideaway, scared his sister in truly in danger.
The second he takes a few tentative steps into the hallway, Amy jumps into the bathroom and locks Lucas out.
Thanks to her brains she has the chance to read her book, without torment from an annoying brother.
Twins relationship is full of conflict.
Lucas is portrayed as the more physical twin.
For example, Amy mentions that if you had seen a picture of them in the womb, he'd be bashing her on the head.
Lucas is painted as a large, strong, fast guy, whereas Amy has an extensive vocabulary and a gift for voice impersonation.
When reading, the readers may ask themself, why would the author mention a gift for voice impersonation? This is revealed later on, as it is this gift that allows Amy to craft a creepy tale to fool her brother.
That being said, her gift has not been enough to reign over Lucas, thus causing "psychological warfare" between the twins. The mention of this so-called warfare also hints towards the plot, as well as provides an idea about the history of the characters.
Point of view
The story is told completely through the point of view of Amy, a first person protagonist who narrates the events that take place.
Effectively narrates the story because Amy is alone throughout most of the story
Creates her own imaginary events in her head to trick her brother and the reader.
If the story had been through the point of view of Amy’s brother then the reader would not have known what was real or false, or if Amy was actually in danger or not due to the under exposure he has to the situation.
The point of view really shaped the entire story and allowed the reader to fully immerse him/herself.
Narrated from the confines of a regular household.
Amy states that her parents are out so Amy is reading her book in a living room, a common household area as well as the bathroom Lucas locks himself in.
The front door and doorbell are good indicators of a common suburban setting. Every lead in the story hints that it is taking place in a house, as that would make the most sense with the plotline as well as the characters actions.
A short story by: Sarah Ellis
By: Drew Pertson, Sophie Pettem, Megan Standwood
When Amy begins to read a horror novel, you can already tell that she's into twisted, dark things.
This provides a clearer look at her sinister sense of humour and manipulative personality.
Lucas's attack on her while she's enjoying her reading session shows his need for attention and love of physical conflict.
He attacks without being provoked, which clues you in on his less manipulative and more forward way of thinking.
After his attack, Amy mentions that she hates how smug he sounds, and if there were a higher authority she would tell on him. She's not afraid to use adults to get her way
Lucas regards this as "an act of cowardice and wimpiness".
As the story continues, Amy's devious ways and Lucas's brute personality and gullibility enable the plot to unfold.
Character and plot are so intertwined that they complete each other. This is why you can tell so much about the story just by observing the way characters are described or shown.
"Gore" is narrated with a lot of auditory description.
This contributes to the way the plot develops; using little to no sense of feeling about the scary events occurring, but a lot of showing.
In the story, Amy isn't actually feeling terror; she's acting out a fictional event by showing it through sounds to her brother.
The author wrote the story in a way that conveys a picture in your mind, but doesn't give Amy any actual feelings during the scaring time because that would be inconsistent with the story.
The way "Gore" is written mirrors the tale it is telling.
Language, Style and Literary Techniques
Sara Ellis, author of “Gore” uses deep contrast in her writing techniques and style by combining eerie and very descriptive writing with lighter more sarcastic tones and humor.
Different elements in her writing are very apparent at different parts of the book
They reflect and follow the plotline, changing when necessary. For example, the light humor and sarcastic vibe to her language is apparent when Sara writes:
1. Horse patooties
2. Soul Mates? Sometimes I can’t believe that Lucas and I are in the same family, much less twins.
3. I have been forced to take up psychological warfare
These literary elements clearly illustrate a writing style with lots of satire, irony and humor. This creates a lighter mood at points in the story that is easy to read and understand.
Language, Style and Literary Techniques cont.
When the mood darkens, Sarah's writing style becomes more complex and descriptive, like the plot. She also begins to use more elements like similes and metaphors to enhance her text. For example:
1. The fetid stench. The noxious reek. It is the smell of something dead, sweet and rotten. It rolls into the hall like a huge wave, breaking over my head, flowing into my mouth and nose until it becomes a taste I am drowning.
2. The ceiling disappears and a face looms above me. A smooth white mask, skin stretched across sharp bones. Bright yellow eyes that stare unblinking like a baby or a reptile. Thick shiny brown hair. The echo of the smell of decay.
Language, Style and Literary Techniques cont.
These elements all change with the plot line
They also transition at climactic moments in the story, for example:
The language of the text changes drastically in this one climactic moment in the book:
“The bathroom door opens slowly. I’m curled up behind it.I hold my breath. Two steps, that’s all I need. Two measly steps.”
Then as Amy’s brother gives into her prank, allowing Amy to finish her cruel game the writing style changes suddenly.
“Two steps it is. I grab the door, swing around it, jump into the bathroom and turn the lock. Success!”
The title of this story is "Gore".
It captures the reader’s attention and is simple but grabbing.
Reading this title makes you wonder how terrifying and revolting it will be, and brings to mind the horror genre.
As far as meaning goes, gore may be symbolic of the entire experience Amy creates with disgusting description.
It also is reminiscent of her love for horror stories in general.
It also creates a contrast between the sarcastic tones and creepy moods conveyed, and contributes to tricking the reader into thinking it's an actual serious horror story.
Lead of the story
The start of this short story is captivating.
The start of the story starts out by explaining the relationship between twins, and that leads to the bond between Amy and Lucas, or the lack of one
Although the beginning of the book does not contribute to the climactic moment, it is attention grabbing.
It is interesting because the first sentence is “Twins have a special bond.” From then on it talks about how twins are soul-mates and act and think the same. -Amy states later on how her and her twin are arch-enemies.
Very interesting and ironic that someone can say so confidently that twins are practically the same people, and then have someone say that she and her twin don’t get along at all.
There are a few major conflicts in the story “Gore”
First being the human vs. human constant battle against Amy and her twin
Fierce competition is always pulling at their relationship, a natural conflict between siblings.
In this particular short story, the direct conflict is the event in which Liam hides in a locked bathroom with Amy’s book, causing Amy to take action to get her book back.
The third and final conflict is the imaginary scenario Amy creates in her head, human vs. supernatural,
Causing Liam to come out of the bathroom to try and save her from the imaginary aliens.
Anyone of these conflicts could have drastically altered the plotline if they had been different.
For example, if Amy and Liam were twins that never fought or teased each other, the conflict would have never occurred, or perhaps in the imaginary aliens had been real, the twins would have both been killed.
Because the conflicts are such a dominant part of the story, changing them would change the entire text.
A great climactic moment
Expertly slows down the climactic moment
Descriptively captures the reader.
The build in action is done perfectly
Climax is catching and captivating.
In this moment Amy dramatically acts out being possessed by aliens.
Imagery and details are used very well, and it would be almost impossible to improve upon what the author created.
Snapshots and Thought Shots
Author uses shot thoughts lots
Can feel what Amy is feeling, author explains what she is feeling
Thought shots make you feel more included in the story, Amy feels more personal to you
Get an idea about her personality and how she deals with conflict
Author uses snapshots to describe the action
Uses descriptive words to explain what is happening
Almost guys, not quite yet.
The ending of “Gore” does an extremely thorough job of tying up all loose ends and events in the short story.
Allows you to discover the alien attack isn't in fact real, but a sneaky trick to fool Amy’s meathead brother Liam, allowing her to get back her book and immerse herself yet again in the security of it’s pages, safe behind a locked bathroom door.
The author then reflects on the power of wit and smarts, forcing the reader to acknowledge their power over that of strength and size.
This reflections applies directly to the story, leaving the reader with a lesson to be learned.
We loved the ending of the book because it was surprising without any clichés and left no question unanswered.