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The Bicycle

The Bicycle short story analysis

Michael Hayward

on 20 September 2011

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The Bicycle
Short Story Analysis Project
By: Thomas and Michael 1. What is the title of your short story? Does it hook the reader or is it a very general title that is a cliché? Why? Is there a meaning hidden within the title?

The title of the story was the bicycle and it does not hook the reader I thought because it was a very simple title with no interesting aspects in it. There is a meaning within the title, which is that the bicycle is probably going to be a problem in the story line. 2. What is the predominant element in the story? (plot, theme, characters, setting, etc..)

Characters is the most predominant element of the story I think because there were 2 specific characters in the story that made it somewhat interesting, without Hannah and Tante Rose the story would have been so much more boring. 3. What sort of conflict confronts the main character(s) (internal or external)?

Tante Rose is sort of the conflict in this story. She wont let Hannah do very many things, she wont let her ride a bike specifically, she wants Hannah to respect the Sabbath by only playing piano and go to Jewish church. 4. How does the author handle characterization (description, conversation, actions)?

The author handles all of that pretty well, For example. When Hannah found out that her aunt fond out about Hannah riding the bicycle she was very emotional and they both used strong words (not swears), and then Hannah started to cry and ran out of the building. 5. What is the time setting for the action? Period of history? Season? Time of day? How much time does the story cover? ---how does the setting impact the story? How is the setting appropriate for the story? How does the setting impact the climax of the story?

The Time setting in this story is present time becuase there are no clues to tell us that it is in the past or future, The story covers about a year and it's is in Spring.The setting is appropiate for the story but we don't think that it affects the story very much. 6. Analyze the main character---what type of person is the main character? How do you know? What quality best describes the main character? Support your claims with examples from the text.

The main chartacter is the type of person that can't just do the same thing day in and day out. I know this because she went to goride th bicycle even the Tante Rose told her not to.I think adventerous would describe the character very well.

7. Complete a plot graph for your story.

Introduction: Hannah moving into Tante Rose apartment.
Rising Action: when Hannah can only play piano and go to school for 3 years. Then Hannah is 15 and goes to ride a bike.
Climax: When Hannah gets caught riding the bike and Tante Rose kicks Hannah out of her apartment.
Falling action: When Hannah goes for another ride on the bike to escape the thought of her aunt being mad at her.
Conclusion: When Hannah receives tickets to new york for school and doesn’t go. 8. How is the story organized (events, incidents, etc...)?

At the beginning of the story, Hannah’s aunt realized that Hannah has a gift for playing the piano, and plans to send Hannah to a school in New York to practice. Hannah moves in with her aunt and practices the piano with her as if it were a full time job. When Hannah was 15 years old she had an intense craving to ride a bike. So she goes to her parent’s house and borrows her brother’s bike despite the fact that her aunt said she wasn’t allowed. A photographer takes her picture while riding the bike; it is on the front page of the newspaper the next day. Her aunt kicked her out of the apartment, and she doesn’t end up going to New York. 9. What is the general theme of the story- what is the underlying message? Find two supporting details from the text to support the theme.

The general theme of the story is that there are consequences for your actions, and you should never lie to the people you love, if you want to do something that normally isn’t allowed just ask and there will be no consequences because you didn’t lie. 10. Analyze the images of the short story---What images from the short story are important? How do the images help convey the mood of the story? Are there any metaphors or similes used in the images and why or how?

There is the imagery of the girls hair blow through the wind while she rides her bike, this helps the reader think of her riding the bike as freedom. 11. Create a theme statement for the story.

We think that the theme statement of the
short story should be "Follow your dreams,
no matter how big or small they are." 12. Can you find any examples of figurative language- simile, personification, metaphor etc.? Why and how is it used?

We found a simile that was used to describe how her hair felt in the wind while riding her brothers bicycle. "I went faster and faster untill it (her hair) was like a cape at my back". 13.Does the story have a moral? If so what?

This stories moral is teaching us to follow our heart and don’t let people tell you to do the opposite of what you want to do. 14. If your story doesn’t have a moral, what do you think the author’s purpose was?
“The Bicycle” does have a moral 15. Story Review---a must read! Explain why someone should read this short story and the lesson the reader would learn from reading it. ‘

People should read this story because they could learn that they should follow their heart and to never give up on your dreams, no matter the size of the dream.
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