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The Widow and the Parrot presentation

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Virginia Woolf Widow and The Parrot http://wetoowerechildren.blogspot.com/2010/05/virginia-woolf-widow-and-parrot.html persephonebooks.co.uk Theme:Never underestimate the power of kindness. The title of the story is “The Widow and the Parrot”. This relates to the theme because Mrs. Gage is the widow and James is the parrot that grow a bond between each other with kindness. The title of the book also focuses on life's truths. The way you treat people will either come back to haunt you or reward you.



Mrs. Gage is leading the life of a poor old woman, when she comes into the great fortune of her dead and miserly brother, Joseph Brand. Hurrying to the home of her brother, Mrs. Gage is introduced to fellow villager, Mrs. Ford, who shows her into Mr. Brand’s home. Upon entering, Mrs. Gage becomes acquainted with a big, gray parrot named James, whom she takes to immediately. Surveying the land, Mrs. Gage finds the house to be extremely rundown. Next, she decides to go to the bank and after a trip across the river, is informed by the solicitors that her brother’s money is missing. Extremely hopeless, Mrs. Gage walks back to the dangerous river crossing in the dark and rain. Unable to see, Mrs. Gage is conflicted on what to do, but suddenly a house catches on fire and helps her to cross; upon arriving back in the village Mrs. Gage realizes that the house ablaze was her brother’s. Mrs. Ford provided a room for Mrs. Gage, but being completely overwhelmed by the thought of James dying, she is unable to sleep. Later that night, she is startled by the sound of none other than James rapping on her window. James then leads her to the remains of Joseph’s house and helps Mrs. Gage discover £3,000 under the bricks and rubble. The next day, Mrs. Gage returns to her home with James and never tells anyone of her fortune until on her deathbed. After telling her secret, Mrs. Gage died and a few seconds later, so did James. Mr. Benjamin Beetle
One of the solicitors who gives Mrs. Gage the news of her brother’s death.

Mr. Joseph Brand
Mrs. Gage’s brother. He is described as being cheap and greedy and his greed is further illustrated in the story when he hides his money that was bequeathed to Mrs. Gage underneath the floorboards of his kitchen.

Mrs. Ford
A woman who lives in the same village as Mrs. Gage’s brother and who helps her and gives her a place to stay when her house burns down.


Mrs. Gage
She is the protagonist in the story and is poor lame and short sighted. She hears the about the death of her brother and is left with his property and 3,000 pounds. Mrs. Gage does not grieve over her brothers death but rather is overjoyed at the fact that she will have a means in which to support herself. Mrs. Gage has great affection for animals as she often puts the care of her dog, Shag, over her own. She receives a broken down and dilapidated house and finds a parrot for which she develops a great liking to. The parrot will eventually lead her to the fortune that her brother hid from her. He leads her to safety and never leaves her side for the duration of their lives.

James the Parrot
A parrot owned by Joseph Brand until Mrs. Gage takes over the property. Mrs. Gage develops a liking to him and he helps her in return. James keeps the story moving, leading Mrs. Gage toward the next clue or adventure. shes treats the parrot with respect and kindness.mrs gage credit james with revealing the treasure and later believes that he set the fire on purpose.
Mr. Stagg
the solicitor that informs Mrs. Gage that is in fact no money for her. He tells her that his associate mr beetle performed a detailed search of the residence and was unsuccessful in locating any of the 3000 pounds allegedly left for her by her brother. 1. Foreshadowing:

“”Lawk a muss,” said Mrs. Gage. “Old brother Joseph gone at last!”” (383).
-This shows how Mrs. Gage is excited that her brother is gone, and foreshadows that she must be gaining something from Joseph’s death.

2. Personification:

“He now hopped briskly a few yards ahead of her in the direction of the burnt house. Mrs. Gage followed as fast as she could. The parrot hopped as if he knew his way perfectly...” (398)
-Parrot is acting as a person, leading the way around the house to finally show Mrs. Gage where the money is.

3. Irony
-At first after the house burnt down, Mrs. Gage was going to sell the parrot in order to make some amount of money. But in the end, it turns out that the parrot actually helped Mrs. Gage find the money Joesph had hidden, and James the parrot was actually more valuable to her after all. Virginia Woolf was a feminist in nineteenth century England whose writings illustrated the changing world around her. Throughout her life she also battled with mental illness and depression; she ultimately killed herself at fifty-nine years of age. Before her tragic end Woolf wrote many commendable stories but was always insecure about the public criticism. Pulling Woolf was very independent and made the character in “the Widow and The Parrot” a woman who is independent and on her own. The widow in the story is poor, Woolf can relate this to her own life when her parents died she had to downgrade her home to Bloomsbury. The lady in the story is also without a husband but in Woolf’s life she was married and very much in love Leonard Woolf. The widow gets a stroke of luck, Virginia Woolf was most likely writing the story on a good day when her manic depression was not overtaking her. Dilapidated: Fallen into a shabby and neglected state.
-As Mrs. Gage finds that there is no money, you can feel her disappointment when the author says the premises is dilapidated in the text.

Ford: Shallow place in a stream or river, where people can cross.
-This ford that Mrs. Gage crosses is one that you may only cross at a low tide, which may be significant later in the story.

Sovereigns: British gold coins worth one pound each.
-Very significant in this story, Mrs. Gage finds the money, or sovereigns that were hidden within the walls of the house.

Sagacity: Wisdom.
-The parrot is described to have sagacity to direct Mrs. Gage to the money.

Miser cheapskate; a wretched or unhappy person.
-Joseph had hid the money as to not let anyone find it after his own passing away. Dilapidated: Fallen into a shabby and neglected state.
-As Mrs. Gage finds that there is no money, you can feel her disappointment when the author says the premises is dilapidated in the text.

Ford: Shallow place in a stream or river, where people can cross.
-This ford that Mrs. Gage crosses is one that you may only cross at a low tide, which may be significant later in the story.

Sovereigns: British gold coins worth one pound each.
-Very significant in this story, Mrs. Gage finds the money, or sovereigns that were hidden within the walls of the house.

Sagacity: Wisdom.
-The parrot is described to have sagacity to direct Mrs. Gage to the money.

Miser cheapskate; a wretched or unhappy person.
-Joseph had hid the money as to not let anyone find it after his own passing away.
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