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Long, Long After School
Transcript of Long, Long After School
This short story takes place in December at the graveyard Miss Tretheway was buried in. The setting is important because that is where Wes and the chairman meet and talk about Miss Tretheway. This is where Wes tells the narrator about Miss Tretheway and how beautiful she was.
In the short story "Long, Long After School", the protagonist is Wes Holeman. He cares a lot about Miss Tretheway, and was very affected by her death. Wes really understood her and thought she was beautiful. He is very caring and appreciative.
Point of View
This story is being told by the chairman's point of view, in first person.
The main type of conflict in "Long, Long After school" is person vs. circumstance. Wes, has to deal with Miss Tretheway's death which leaves him heartbroken, because she was the only person who cared for him, and was his friend.
The tone of " Long, Long After school" and how the author/ narrator feels about it is sorrow. The narrator feels much sorrow throughout the story; mostly when his 3rd grade teacher dies, and when he realizes that he has been misjudging her.
Long, Long After School
By: Ernest Buckler
The antagonist is the chairman of the school board (narrator). He disagrees on Wes's opinion on Miss Tretheway, and thinks beauty is just physical. The chairman is judgemental, and ignorant.
Miss Tretheway is Wes and the narrator's third grade teacher. She had passed away in her sleep. Miss Tretheway was kind, thoughtful, and generous. She helped Wes very much while he was in school.
In the beginning of "Long, Long After School" the narrator (chairman) was on his way collecting flowers for Miss Tretheway's grave, when he runs into Wes Holeman who is giving Miss Tretheway a corsage. When they start to speak about her the chairman notices that Wes's face changes.
The inciting incident is when Wes tells the narrator that Miss Tretheway is beautiful. The narrator disagrees with him and this is a turning point in the story.
The rising action in "Long, Long After School" is when Wes is explaining why Miss Tretheway is beautiful in her own way, and how she helped him out through school, and saved his life.
The climax is when the narrator realizes how judgemental and ignorant he is, he see's that Miss Tretheway is a beautiful person and how much she helped Wes. This is a turning point for the narrator.
The denouement is when Wes finishes telling his stories about Miss Tretheway, and how great of a person she was.
This is the end of the short story where the chairman says "my curiosity was quite satisfied. But somehow I myself had never felt less beautiful, or less of a gentleman" (Buckler 116) He changes his feelings towards Wes and Miss Tretheway.
The mood of this short story and how the reader feels about it is pitiful. The setting helps give off the mood because it is set in a graveyard. In the story Wes says " but I almost bled to death right there. I guess I might have, if it hadn't been for Miss Tretheway" (Buckler 115). when Wes says this it shows how much she meant to him and she saved him. This makes the reader feel pitiful for Wes and Miss Tretheway, creating the mood.
Symbol- The corsage that Wes gives Miss Tretheway symbolizes beauty,and Miss Tretheway herself.
Visual Imagery- there is visual imagery when the corsage, and Miss Tretheway are described.
Connotation- Wes takes the word "beautiful" and shows the narrator and the reader that it has a different meaning, and its not just physical.
The theme of the short story "Long, Long After School" is "beauty isn't only on the outside, its what's on the inside that counts".
The reader knows that this is the theme because when Wes calls Miss Tretheway beautiful, the narrator thinks he just means outer beauty; not whats on the inside. The narrator says to Wes " 'but Wes' I said, half-joking, she wasn't beautiful. What made you say that?' " (Buckler 113). Wes ends up showing the narrator that people are beautiful in different ways.
This relates to our world because people think that other people are beautiful based only on their looks. Wes told the chairman: " 'She was so beautiful,' he added softly.'She was a real lady' " (Buckler 116). This shows that Wes saw her inside beauty by being kind to him.
Agree or Disagree?
We agree to this theme because most people are judged by their appearance and not who they really are. The chairman says: " ' But somehow I myself had never felt less beautiful, or less of a gentleman' " (Buckler 116). This proves that when you judge someone for how they look you are wrong, you would feel guilty.