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In the story Helen on Eighty-Sixth Street, Vita changed from rude, evil, and selfish to very regretful when she realizes that her wishes caused others' pain.
"It's all my
Helen McGuire got chicken pox. Bad. She has been out of school for almost two weeks. I know my burning ceremony did this. "The show must go on," Mr. Dodd said when Achilles threw up the Tater Tots or when Priam's beard got caught in Athena's hair, but this is different. This is Helen. And it’s all my
I know all her lines. Know them backward and forward. I have stood in our living room, towel tied around my body, and acted out the entire play, saying every line for my mother. When Mr. Dodd made the announcement about Helen at dress rehearsal, I stood up, white bed sheet slipping from my shoulders, and said in a loud, clear voice, "The gods must have envied me my beauty, for my now my name is a
. I have become hated Helen, the scourge of Troy."
The words "fault" and "curse" shows Vita's change from selfish to regretful, creating a remorseful tone.
The word Fault has a negative connotation. It implies that there has been a wrong-doing.
In the story, Vita repeats the fact that she believes everything that is going wrong in the play is all her fault. This show us that Vita blames herself and that exposes the remorseful tone by showing that she feels bad for her mistakes causing her to be regretful.
The word curse has a negative connotation it could either mean that a supernatural event has caused harm to the victim or it could be words used hatefully towards someone.
In the story, Vita believes that the Gods have put a curse on the play all because of her. She thinks this, because many events are starting to go wrong.When she realizes that it must have been the gods, she immediately feels guilty and then regretful for placing the curse, unknowingly, on the play.
This picture represents how Vita's selfishness caused the play to start to fall apart. The problems occurring in the play are shown by the Trojan and the greek fighting in the background
While Helen combs her hair and doesn't do anything, that represents Vita's selfishness.
You can see war ships starting to come that can represent problems coming up unless Vita realizes her faults.
I'm supposed to hit my fist against my chest, draw a hand across my forehead, and cry loudly. Mr. Dodd has shown me this gesture, practiced it with me in rehearsal a dozen times-the-last line, my big finish. The audience is very quiet. In the
there is a hole, an empty pocket, an
. Instead of kneeling, I stand up, straighten my tunic, look toward the audience, and speak the soft line softly: "And to say goodbye."
The word absence was really recognized by the end of the story when Vita's dad doesn't show up during her play and then she says the last lines of her play, "And to say goodbye."
Absence is also shown when Helen is not able to be part of the play because of her chicken pox. Instead Vita plays her role, which Vita always wanted to.
By the end of the story, Vita has finally realized how wrong she was for keeping her burning ceremony. And she has also forgotten about her dad and said her last words directing him during the play. By the end of the story her picture of Helen was clear and now she knows who she is.
The words "stillness" and "absence" shows Vita's change from dynamic to peaceful, creating a harmonious tone.
In this picture, the waves could represent all the hardships and difficulties that Vita had to go through.
The person in the ship could be Vita suffering and fighting for her dignity.
This picture shows the handwork that Vita had to go through to get Helen's role.
The word stillness really explains the environment at the end of the story when all the lights are shut and there is a spotlight on her. Then she says the last words of her play in a very calm and peaceful domain.
The word stillness makes the reader think of a really quite, and sometimes suspenseful mood. This is the point when the reader really wants to know what will happen next in the story.