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THE WEAPON

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Carter Fritch

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Transcript of THE WEAPON

THE WEAPON
Tone (Fritch)
Tone is important in a story like
The Weapon
because it brings the reader in and keeps them wondering what will happen next.
The tone in
The Weapon
is regular and ordinary until the last sentence where it's shocking and chaotic.
The twist at the end shocks the reader and forces them to ponder the message because there must be a reason for an ending like giving the loaded gun to a child.
Irony (Fortin)
Irony: A witty language used to convey insults ir scorn.
The irony of
the weapon
could be the name of the the short story it self. The reason is because the weapon is a really a gun that really means weapons of massdistruction. also the father was creating one him self. Also the young boy being disable was iroric because a smarter man gave him (the humans) a load weapon that people were uncapible of knowing what will ahppen when it is used.

Symbolism (Fritch)
Symbolism is one of the most important literary devices shown in The Weapon.
It is used to help give the story a meaning and convey a message to ts readers.
The Weapon
was written in 1951 six years the nuclear bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
It is clear that the author, Frederic Brown, is not think that we as humans were not ready to use that technology and that we need to stay away from harmful technology like biological/chemical warfare.
For example, the mentally handicapped boy is a symbol for our inexperience as to technological advancement and our inability to handle such a responsibility.
Dr. Graham is a symbol for the superpowers of the world attempting to take technology to a whole new level, whether the world is ready to handle it or not. The quote below shows Mr. Niemand's hesitance to advance this potentially dangerous technology
Setting (young)
Setting is the place and time where the story takes place. In the short story
the weapon
by Frederic Brown takes place in Dr. James Graham's house at night during or close to the second great war. "sitting alone in an unlighted room in his own  apartment after the day's regular work"
Conflict
"Conflict: discord of action, feeling, or effect; antagonism or oositon, as of interests or principles"
-Taken from Dictionary.com
Theme
Taking into account the time peiod in which the short story is written, as well as some conext clues, the story revolves around the "Ultimate Weapon" which is considered to be nuclear technology.
Intro
The Weapon, by Frederic Brown, is a short story that gives insight and a great social commentary on military involvement and technological advancement.
Its subtlety and use of symbolism make it an interesting story that has multiple meanings.
Plot (young)

Plot is the sequence of events within the story. It has a beginning, middle, and end. Plot is used in the weapon to build up the story and keep the reader reading. "I took the liberty of bringing a small gift to your son,  doctor. I gave it to him while you were getting the 
drinks for us. 1 
hope you'll forgive me."
"Theme: a unifying or dominant idea, motif, etc in a work of art" -Taken from Dictionary.com
The conflict is man vs. society with the world as a whole either creating nuclear weapons, or accepting the fact that nuclear tecnology exists and is containable.
Metaphor (Fortin)
Definition: A figure to of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity.
In
the weapon
the metaphor is the gun which reallt means to be a weapon of masdustruction, and giving it to the young disabled boy is to show that the people of the earth are not ready for what sciences can make.

Characterization(Foote)
Imagery(Foote)
Dylan
Dylan
"But, Dr. Graham, is humanity ready for an ultimate weapon?"
-Dr. Niemand
"The room was quiet in the dimness of early evening. Dr. James 
Graham, key scientist of a very important project, sat in his favorite 
chair, thinking." This quote helps develop the setting as well as give the reader a feeling for how the story may potentially develop
"Yes, it is public knowledge that I am working on a weapon, a rather ultimate one."
"Yes, it is public knowledge that I am working on a weapon, a rather ultimate one."
Characterization is the process by which the author reveals the personality of a character. In
The Weapon
, characterizations lets readers develop an idea of the type of person Dr. Graham is.
Imagery is physical description of a person, object, or area. The biggest image in
The Weapon,
at least for myself, was the image of a young disabled boy holding a revolver. Having that image in my head was unpleasing, and it made me realize how reckless it is to put a weapon in the hands of someone who does not know how to use it correctly.
A symbol is something which stands for something else. Something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used to represent something invisible.
Throughout The Weapon, symbol is used to underscore potential danger. The gun is the main symbol. This is because if any gun or weapon is misused it can definitely be used as a weapon of mass destruction.
The main character who is a scientist is inventing things that the world just isn’t ready for (The Weapon), that if not used properly can result in unfortunate consequences, including death. And ultimate destruction



















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