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The Griffin and the Minor Canon
Transcript of The Griffin and the Minor Canon
The Griffin and the Minor Canon
By Frank R. Stockton
This presentation was created by
Daria Engelke, Jacob Daniels, Matt Nadeau, and Ashley Cunha
We read the fantasy story, "The Griffin and the Minor Canon. The story begins with the Griffin going to a town to see a statue of himself. When he arrives there he meets the Minor Canon. The Minor Canon is the only person in the town that will talk to the Griffin; the other people in the town are fearful of the Griffin.The Griffin stayed at the town for a long time, and the Minor Canon and he formed a strong bond. When it came to the time of year, when the Griffin needed to eat; the people sent the Minor Canon to the wilds. They hope by sending him there that the Griffin would follow him, and he wouldn't eat any of them. The Griffin found out about the towns people's selfish plan, and he went to the wild to find the Minor Canon. When the Minor Canon was returned to the town; the people honored him for his sacrifice for the town. The Griffin returned to his cave and died of starvation.
The Minor Canon is a main character. The Minor is kind and respectful to those around him. This is desplaied in the quote, "...asked him if he would not like something to eat. He said this because he felt obliged in politeness to do so,...", from . He is generous, has compassion, is young, courageous and humble.
The Griffin is also a main character. The griffin is authoritative towards the other characters. The Griffin was wise, ancient, empathetic, superior, and rational.
Irony is the contrast between what is stated and what was really meant, or between what is expected to happens and what actually happens.
In the story there is an example of Situational Irony. Situational Irony is when a situation turns out to be completely diffrent from what we expected. The example is, " ...In fact, there was only one creature in the whole place for whom I could have had any appetite, and that was the Minor Canon,...". This is ironic because through out the story the Griffin and the Minor Canon showed such a great bond together. You would never had guessed that the Griffin would consider eating the Minor Canon.
Elements of Plot
The elements of plot we looked at were literary elements that helped carry the story towards the climax.
Within the story there is a small bit of suspense that carries it along. The suspense is caused by the repetition of the townspeople bringing up the matter of the Griffin needing to eat soon, and it may be one of them.
A symbol is something that is used as representing something of a higher meaning.
The symbol in the story is the Griffin's Statue. The statue represents the Griffins presence within the town. At the end of the story the last sentence says," ...you would still see the little griffins on the sides of the church; but the great stone griffin that was over the door is gone.". Stone Griffin represents the real Griffin. Though the Griffin's statue is no longer there; the people still look above the door, were the stone Griffin once was, and remember that it was there. The essence of the Griffin still lingers in the town long after the Griffin and his statue are gone.
1. What is the theme or moral of the story?
2. Why would the Griffin want to eat the Minor Canon instead of the townspeople?
3.What does the Griffin's statue symbolize in the story?
The Griffin goes to see his statue in the town, and decides to stay in the town.
The townspeople are fearful of the Griffin.
No one will show the Griffin his statue
He meets the Minor Canon
The townspeople are fearful of the Griffin, so they plan to get rid of him
The Griffin and the Minor Canon form a bond
The townspeople findout the Griffin eats only on the equinoxes and the autumn equinox is approaching
The people send teh Minor Canon away to the wilds
Characterization is the description of a character in a story. the two types of characterization are direct and indirect.
Direct characterization is coming right out and describing a character; it is saying directly what a character looks or acts like.
Indirect characterization is showing but not telling. It is when the author shows you something that hints at a characters description.
The Griffin finds out about the townspeople's plan and goes to find the Minor Canon.
The Minor Canon returns to the town
The Griffin leaves the town and takes his statue with him
The Minor Canon was honored the rest of his life
The Griffin dies