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The Cardturner

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The Cardturner
by: Louis Sachar By: Angelica Irineo, Gavin Tichi, and Matthew Trahan Date: May 25, 2011 Story Types:
tragedy – comedy – romantic – realistic Tone:
humorous – serious – educational – sarcastic- witty- angry Setting:
This story mostly takes place at a bridge studio in the present. On the inside, there are three rows of square tables, eight tables in each row, and four chairs at each table. There are computer printouts on the walls, and everywhere you look, there are people speaking bridge gibberish. Point of View:
This story is told in the first person because the story states,“I didn’t quite understand how that would work.”(pg.149) Protagonist:
Alton Richards is the protagonist of the story. Alton is seventeen years old, five feet, ten and a half inches tall, and weighs 150 pounds. He has brown, fluffy hair, dark, “intuitive” eyes, and a “warm” smile. Alton also has a deranged personality because he doesn’t like it when people tell him what to do, and he likes to figure things out for himself. Antagonist:
The antagonist of the story is Lester Trapp, Alton's blind, rich uncle. Lester Trapp is a large man, in both his height and weight. His hair is short with some black hair mixed in with the gray. Also, he has a loud and strong voice. Lester Trapp is the kind of person that doesn’t give many compliments, and he is a determined man. He never gives up and he will never take ‘no’ for an answer. Conflict:
The main problem in the story is that Lester Trapp wants to win the nationals, but the problem is, he’s dead. Apparently, Alton keeps hearing his dead uncle’s voice and the only way he will go away is that he wins the nationals. This problem is an internal conflict because Alton has to solve this problem with his mind. Resolution:
In the end, Alton and Toni, a member of the Castenda family, win the nationals together. After they won the nationals, Alton has never heard from his uncle ever again. We believe the ending was predictable because during the nationals, they have scored so well, it was pretty obvious to us that they would win. Theme:
We believe the theme of this book is to always believe in yourself. We believe this is the theme because although Trapp was blind, he continued to play bridge even though it was really difficult. Also, Alton thought that he would never win the nationals, but as he continued to play, he ended up winning. Literary Technique:
There are many examples of literary techniques in this story. For example, the story states,“Her eyes sparkled like diamonds.” (pg. 241) Tweet:
We thnk The Cardturner is an interesting bk. if ur the type of person who loves reading bks with lots of unique characters, then dis is the bk 4 u!
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