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The Storyteller by Saki
Transcript of The Storyteller by Saki
(H. H. Munro) Cheron Mims
Ms. J. Woods
AP Eng IV
March 25, 2013 The Story Teller by Saki is a short story that challenges the views of society. This is proven through his use of symbolism and literary elements. Works Cited The Aunt tries to tell a story to three children encouraging them to be good.
The children dislike the story and become restless.
Bachelor challenges Aunt and tells a story about Bertha who is "Horribly Good". Symbolism Bertha:
Demonstrates the benefits of virtue
Benefits can lead to serious consequences that would not otherwise befall a less-good person.
Her actions and thoughts are very generic
Ideals do not have personalities Garden:
Represent the rewards of virtue
Not an traditional Eden
place of interest rather than pleasure Children:
Represent society as a whole
Their views are intended to be synonymous with society's moral ideals.
Expect exceptional virtue to be rewarded exceptionally
Symbolic prediction of how an audience will respond to the short story Brainstorming Results Realization Plot Overview Thesis The Story Teller by Saki is a short story that challenges the views of society. Saki (H.H. Munro) Gale. Overview of H(ector) H(ugh) Munro. 2003.
Harris , Ro<http://find.galegroup.com/srcx/retrieve.do?sgHitCountType=None&sort=Relevance&prodId=DC&tabID=T001&subjectParam=Locale%2528en%252C%252C%2529%253AFQE%253D%2528su%252CNone%252C11%2529H.%2BH.%2BMunro%2524&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchId=R1&displaySubject>.bert A. Virtual Salt: A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices. 22 November 2011. 14 January 2013 <http://www.virtualsalt.com/rhetoric.htm>.
Harris, Robert . Virtual Salt: A Glossary of Literary Terms. 25 February 2012. 14 January 2013 <http://virtualsalt.com/litterms.htm>.
Kittmer, Lucas. The Symbols Found in "The Storyteller" by Saki. 1993-2013. 12 January 2013 <http://www.ehow.com/info_8414289_symbols-found-storyteller-saki.html>.
Nancy, Roberts-Garrity. "The Story-Teller." Roberts-Garrity, Nancy. Classic Middle School Literature: Adventure. Parsippany, NJ: Good Year Books , 2003. 65-67.
Sarcasm Society Corporation . Satire - Examples of Satire. 2013. 14 January 2013 <http://www.sarcasmsociety.com/satire.html>.
Sarcasm Society Corporation. Irony: Verbal, Soctratic, Tragic & Situational Irony. 2013. 14 January 2013 <http://www.sarcasmsociety.com/irony.html>.
Smith, Katie. "Being Bad can be Good." 8 October 2001. Writers Net . 12 January 2013 <http://www.writers.net/writers/books/15888>.
Sparknotes. "SPARKCHARTS-CP English 10." n.d. 12 January 2013 <http://cp10eng.wikispaces.com/file/view/Sample+SparkChart.pdf>.
Townsend Press. n.d. 12 January 2013. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cc/Hector_Hugh_Munro_aka_Saki,_by_E_O_Hoppe,_1913.jpg/220px-Hector_Hugh_Munro_aka_Saki,_by_E_O_Hoppe,_1913.jpg As it relates to the story, some believe that the bachelor in The Storyteller was much like Saki. Majority of his short stories are based on events from his childhood. Conveying a Literary Analysis Identifying Literary Elements Understand why he author wrote the story a certain way. Overview The reputation of British writer H. H. Munro (Saki) rest primarily on his short stories conveying whimsical humor, fascination with the odd and eerie, and world disillusionment with the hypocrisy and banality.
Saki sought to undermine the basic view of the world. Year Written :1914 Point of view: Third Person Omniscient Each character stands as a symbol for an ideal that opposes commonplace perception. Bertha’s Medals symbolize narcissism which leads to her downfall. This idea of an exclusive reward for goodness is an idea possessed by the children on the train and, therefore, by society as a whole. Wolf:
Role in the story is to upset the fundamental understanding of moral justice by devouring the good girl Because something exceptional caught his attention, those that were moderate were spared. Pigs:
Represent the ideal of moderation Horribly Good is an Oxymoron *Conflict: The aunt cannot manage to keep her children under control. The bachelor directly challenges her and states that he can do a better job entertaining them