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"Leaving" by M.G. Vassanji

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Maddy Routliffe

on 16 September 2014

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"Leaving" by M.G. Vassanji
Maddy, Lauren, Kate, Kelsey , Morgan
In the story, there are two major characters and a few minor characters.
I found the atmosphere to be conflicted based on where you looked. At the beginning it was more depressing because it mentioned how her mom had already lost her other two sisters and had put all of her hope in her two youngest. In the middle, aloo and his mom got in a heated argument about the universities, causing the atmosphere to feel tense, and at the end it was more hopeful because his mom finally gave in and let him control his own life.
Atmosphere Setting
Stylistic Devices
* Protagonist
* Very smart
* Dependent
The Mother
*Point of view
Other Siblings
Thank you so much for watching and your attention.
Mehroon -
*married to a former batsman
*finished school
*stayed in town
Razia -
*a wealthy housewife
*lived in a more coastal town
Firoz -
*dropped out
*lost cause
*worked as a bookeeper

Theme Statement
When rare opportunity arises, seize the moment and take advantage of a chance to enhance your life experience.
*Aloo had a once in a life time opportunity
*Aloo realized to better his life for the future he had to leave home (Africa) and move to America to go to school.
*He had love for him family, heritage and tradition which made it so heard for him to make a decision.
*It was a huge risk for Aloo to go to a whole new place and couture without knowing anyone.
*Aloo and his mother both surrendered: his mom surrendered her values and Aloo surrendered his tradition.
It was a complete change in heritage and culture changing from one continent to the other.
*Aloo's mother had to let him go and make his own decisions and create his own life.
*The whole short story was about seizing every opportunity and about how important a proper education is
person vs person
-mom wants him to stay near her in Africa
-mom doesn't want to lose her son
-Aloo wants to decide his own future and his own decisions
-Aloo doesn't want to disappoint his mom and ruin the great relationship he has with her
Aloo VS His Mom
person vs society
-Aloo wants to choose what he's going to do with the rest of his life
-local university decides for you
-Aloo wants more opportunities and doors open for his future.
-local university is very limited mainly focusing on agriculture
Aloo VS Society
person vs person
-wants to go to school in America
-wants to keep his mother happy
-doesn't have the money to go
Aloo VS Himself
Mom VS Herself
person vs person
-wants what's best for Aloo
-doesn't want to lose her son
-doesn't want Aloo to lose his sense of tradition and values
Allusion: a passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication:
an example is when the doctor referred to a game of "Whist"
Point of View: the position of the narrator in relation to the story, as indicated by the narrator's outlook from which the events are depicted and by the attitude toward the characters.
the story is told in the point of view of the sister.
Situational Irony: irony involving a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended, so that the outcome is contrary to what was expected.
"Your Uncles in America will pay thousands of shillings just to send you to college"
Imagery: the formation of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things, or of such images collectively
"When (Mr Datoo) came he recieved a tumultuous welcome. For the next few days he toured the town like the Pied Piper followed by a horde of adulating students one of whom was Aloo."
The setting took place in Upanga, Africa in the present day. The setting in this story is very important because it expands on the poverty they're going though and the traditions they have.
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