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"The First Day"

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travis bender

on 25 February 2011

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Transcript of "The First Day"

"The First Day" A Short Story by: Edward P. Jones Setting: 1.
North America.
Walker-Jones Elementary School.
New Jersey Avenue (Home).

2. The place where the main characters
lives influences the story because it determines where she can attend school.

3. The point of view is a little girl because the little girl knows she's going to school to become literate, then discovers that her own mother is illiterate.

4. When the mother is revealed that she has the inability to read or write, the feeling of the scene was embarressment for both the mother and child. Plot: 1. The mother can't read or write, and the child wasn't allowed to attend the school her mother wanted.

2. The cause was that the girl wasn't allowed to attend the school that her mother wanted (she wanted her child to have the best education possible). The effect of not having a good education is being illiterate. 3.
A) Introduction - main character and supporting
character are introduced (Mother and Daughter).
B) Causitive Insident - When she gets denied from Seaton Elementary.
C) Rising Action - They go to register at Walker-Jones Elementary.
D) Climax - The mother asks for help filling out the forms because she's illiterate.
E) Denoument - Her mother leaves the school leaving her daughter with a feeling of shame. Character: 1. The mother is the protagonist because she is the hero in the story, trying to save her daughter from having the same fate as her. The daughter can't be described as an antagonist, however her character can be classified as a developing character because she undergoes a change from a naive little girl, to being ashamed.

2. Mother's Traits:
She has a lot of pride we know this because she was ashamed of herself for needing help.
She is strict because she had no tolerance for her daughter saying bad words.
She is very determined because she tried really hard to get her daughter into school.

3. The mother is motivated by getting her daughter a good education unlike herself. Towards the end of the story, the little girl is motivated by her mother's illiteracy and probably better understands the value of a good education.
The girl undergoes a change from being clueless and naive about her mother's education, to being ashamed about it. The mother goes through a change, her pride decreases when she is forced to admit she can't read in front of her daughter.
The daughters change is important because it will likely influence how she feels about her education in the future.

4. The woman that greeted them at Seaton Elementary didn't allow the girl to attent the school, which brought them to Walker-Jones Elementary.
The woman at Walker-Jones registration changed the way the little girl looked up to her mother because the woman acted sympathetic to the mother. Theme/Literary Technique: 1. Foreshadowing - "Long before I learned to be ashamed of my mother" in the beginning. This shows that later in the story, it will not be the same.

Personification - "A timeworn sad-faced building" (second page, second paragraph). The author gives the building a human trait, a building cannot be "sad-faced."

Metephor - "I see in her eyes, the closing gate" (second page, fourth paragraph). Its comparing the defeated look in the mother's eyes to a gate closing.

2. I think that what the author was trying to get across to the readers is the importance of having a good education. The story proved that you need to be literate in our modern society because it is used almost everywhere in situation. The underlying theme in "The First Day" is shame. The little girl in the story grew to be ashamed of her mother for her illiteracy despite all the years that her mother provided for her and loved her. The shame took over and suddenly became the most important thing about the mother in the daughter's eyes.
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