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Plot Diagram

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Nikki Hulshof

on 9 September 2014

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Transcript of Plot Diagram

Plot Diagram (An American Childhood)
By: Nikki H., Emma C., and Lillian D.
Theme and Tone
The theme of the story is that you need to dedicate yourself fully to what you do.
The tone of the story is
excited and joyful.
Antagonist: The tall, skinny, man

Point of View
The story is being told in 1st person because the narrator says I not she.
The setting is at first on Reynolds St. then, the kids are chased all through Pittsburgh by the tall skinny man who was very determined to catch them.
Type of Conflict
The type of conflict is external man.vs.man because it's the kids versus the tall skinny man who was chasing the children. In a way it was also man.vs.nature because they started to slow down because it was hard to breathe in the cold, thin air without slipping on the wet snow and ice.
The Author's Purpose
The authors purpose of this book is to keep kids out of trouble and to teach them that it is not a good idea to throw snowballs at cars. The book also teaches them that if you are being chased by stranger to run as fast as you can and to try to throw him off so that you don't get caught. Also to say that you should always commit fully to anything you do, like tackling in football.
Protagonists: The girl telling the story, Mike and Peter Fahey, Chickie McBride, Billy Paul, and Mackie Kean.
The suspense of a story is basically the rising action. The author starts to cleverly give hints and builds up curiosity about what's going to happen next. The author wants to try to keep the audience reading the book. He wants to make the audience asking questions about what will happen next. Without suspense the reader will have nothing to hold on to while reading and will quickly lose interest.

The suspense in this book is when the kids throw the snowball and the guy gets out of his car. You start to wonder, "Is he going to clean off his car, is he going to call someone, will he investigate the car?" Instead he goes chasing after the kids and the suspense is still building up until the point where he catches the girl and Mike.

The mood of the story is at first boredom, followed by the exhilaration of the chase, only surpassed by the feelings they had when they had been caught.
Plot Diagram
This is the plot diagram. It shows the exposition, rising action, climax, and falling action of the story.
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