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The Dinner Party

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Angelica Joy

on 31 December 2012

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Transcript of The Dinner Party

Mona Gardner The Dinner Party At a dinner party in India, an uninvited guest shows up in an unexpected way, and settles an argument between the guests. Theme A Brief Summary How was the theme shown? What was the theme of the story? The theme was shown when the hostess, Mrs. Wynnes, stayed in control even when the snake was slithering over her feet. She remained calm, cool and collected and knew just what to do. The theme of the story was that women have as much control as men. Characterization Who were the major characters? What were they like? Who were the minor characters? What did they do in the story? Major Characters: The American Naturalist & Mrs. Wynnes.

American Naturalist: Calm, attentive, & intelligent.
He is the person that noticed Mrs. Wynnes and the boy with a bowl of milk, before he bribed the guests so the snake would not attack due to a crowd of panicking humans.

Mrs.Wynnes: Controlled, cool, calm, and collected.
She was the person who had stayed under control even when the snake had crawled over her feet, and she was also the colonial official's (host) wife. Minor Characters: Colonial Official, Colonel, young girl, & young boy.

Colonial official: Host of the dinner party.

Colonel: Argued that men stay controlled in a crisis unlike women with the young girl.

Young girl: Disagreed with the Colonel and argued that women have as much control as men.

Young boy: Placed a bowl of milk on the veranda as bait for the cobra. Setting Plot Introduction & Rising Action Introduction: A colonial official's dinner party is being held,with army officers, government attaches, and a visiting American naturalist.

Rising Action: As an argument between a young girl and a colonel arises about a woman's control, the hostess notices a snake in the room, and orders a boy to place a bowl of milk on the veranda. As all this happens, the visiting American Naturalist notices the hostess' strange expression, and soon spots the snake, so he bribes the guests into staying still. Climax Climax: The snake finally goes for the bowl of milk, and the American Naturalist shuts the veranda doors, as the other guests panic. Falling Action Falling Action: The host compliments the American's control over the situation, and the American answered back asking how the hostess knew the snake was there. Resolution Resolution: The hostess claims that the snake had crawled over her foot. Conflict Was the conflict internal or external? What type? Conflict: External. Type: Person vs. Society. How was the conflict portrayed? It was portrayed when the colonel and the young girl argued about a woman's control, when the hostess herself had shown perfect control after the snake had slithered over her feet. What type of characters were the major protagonists? Was their personality shown directly or indirectly? Mrs. Wynnes: Round & Indirect.

The American Naturalist: Round & Indirect.

Colonel: Flat & Indirect.

Young girl: Static & Indirect.

Young boy: Static & Indirect. Where did the story take place? When? The story took place in India at a colonial official's dining room, which had a bare marble floor, open rafters, and wide doors leading into a veranda, and the story took place during dinner time. What was the mood of the story? In the beginning, the mood of the story is cheerful, with many people at a large dinner, until the argument arises, and strains the atmosphere, until cheerfulness overcomes again in the end when the truth is revealed. The Dinner Party The End... Mona Gardner
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