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The Metaphor

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Alan Wu

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Transcript of The Metaphor

"The Metaphor"
By Budge Wilson

Antagonist: Miss Hancock
Character Traits: Dynamic and round. Miss Hancock is a very caring and kind teacher who loves teaching. She makes learning fun for her students.

The theme of this short story is that no matter what makes you happy, you have the right to do it. Who cares what people think. Just do it for yourself. Even if people don't respect you, you should still be the person you want to be. Miss Hancock changed from when she was in grade 7. In Charlotte's grade 10 class, Miss Hancock gets less respect than she deserves, and that really hurts her, causing her to kill herself. Charlotte should be able to live at home and be happy. She needs to confront her mother and tell her how she feels.
Conflict: Person VS Self
The conflict is person vs self because
towards the end, Charlotte is regretting how
she killed Miss Hancock.
Literary Terms
Stream of Consciousness
Definition: a modern narrative technique that attempts to depict the uninterrupted flow of feelings and random thoughts of character's mind.
Taking in place in 7th grade English Charlotte and her class love their teacher Miss Hancock.
They looked up to her, and thrived off her energy and enthusiasm to learn during class.
In class Miss Hancock teaches her students a writing technique called 'metaphors'. Charlotte loved this writing and chose to
write about her mother. Charlotte's metaphor of her mother worries Miss Hancock.
Charlotte's mother does not like Miss Hancocks flamboyant , energetic, and colorful personality, for its the opposite of her personality which is strict and orderly.
when charlottle finishes elementary school her attitude changes. She starts worrying about what other people think of her. Charlotte finds out Miss Hancock is her high school English teacher. At first Charlotte is happy, but the other students don't give Miss Hancock respect and they mock her. Charlotte starts to ignore miss hancock, and eventually Miss Hancock loses her enthusiastic teaching ways.
Miss Hancock dies by stepping in front of a bus. Charlotte feels responsible and blames herself for killing Miss Hancock, for she mistreated her
Charlotte's mother, being the cold and strict woman she is doesn't show any sympathy towards Miss Hancock's death. Charlotte is emotionally damaged from this event. While her mother wants her to move on
and get over it.
Charlotte decides to try and numb the pain of Miss Hancock's death she writes a metaphor about her to deal with her sadness.
by Susan Kerslake

Protagonist: Peggy
Character Traits: Static and Flat. She is a really confused person, she doesn't know what she want.

Conflict: Person VS Person
The conflict in "Choices" is person VS person. Since Peggy and Ken are in an off and on again relationship, Peggy doesn't know if Ken will stick around with her even if shes hurt.
Peggy was asked to on a trip to her on again off again boyfriend Ken's cottage. It was evident peggy would rather stay home than go.

Peggy finally decides to go on the trip with Ken.
When they get in the car to leave they stop at the liquor store, which would give the impression of drinking. Ken is not driving safely especially when he
has his foot on the gas peddle and speeding at the same time
Ken and peggy get in a car crash
Peggy is in shock from the accident and doesn't know where she is. She cant feel her legs and can't move her hands, because she is pinned under the cars engine. People are rushing towards her and
asking if she is alive.
As she gets into the ambulance she sees Ken and wonders why he isn't more concerned for her. She starts to think their relationship will never work and they were not meant to be together. She
realizes that every choice he makes could have a huge impact on her life.
The theme in "Choices" is that you have to make your own choices. In the beginning, the author is saying how Peggy hasn't made up her mind about the trip. Peggy might know before hand that Ken has a drinking problem, and that's why when she sees Ken in the ambulance, with only a bump, she questions if that's all he got, while she is close to death. Peggy trusts Ken to drive, and he almost kills her. Peggy trusted him. It was her choice to trust him, thinking that, through thick and thin, he would be there for her. And now, after the accident, Peggy isn't sure if Ken will stay with her.
Example: The book only describes what she does and sees.
It is a stream of her thoughts and the reader has to piece
together what is going on around her.
The author uses this literary element to enhance the mood.
It gives the reader a feel of what is going on and how it would feel;
it gives the reader a sense that they are actually there.
Definition: The atmosphere or mood is the prevailing feeling created
by the story.
Example: In the story, the author writes, "A smell of scorched hair. And metal. Oil, rubber. She was too close to some machine. It must be dangerous. How had she gotten there?" This gives the reader a hint of what is going on and for the reader to understand what is going on. It will give the reader a feel of the atmosphere; frightening, sad, and dark.
The author uses this literary element to give the reader a good understanding of this story, she uses the stream of consciousness to create the atmosphere
Literary Terms
Definition: Imagery are concrete details and figures of speech that help the reader form vivid impressions of the subject.
Protagonist: Charlotte
Character Traits: Dynamic and flat. Charlotte is a student who loves learning English and enjoys Miss Hancock as her teacher.
Character traits are
presented directly
Antagonist: Ken
Character Traits: Static and flat. He's a very independent person only keeps work to himself and doesn't really care about people.
Example: Charlotte writes a metaphor of her mother as a modern building in detail. This gives us an imagery of a building and gives you a hint to what her mother is like.
The author used this literary term to give the reader pictures that they can make up in their head to have a better understanding of what is going on.
Definition: Hints or warns of events to happen later in the story
Example: The students in Miss Hancock's grade 10 class starts calling her names and making fun of her when she enters the class. This foreshadows (gives a hint) for the event of Miss Hancock's suicidal death.

The author used this literary element for suspense and to give the reader a sneak peek of what might happen
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