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"Luck" By Samantha Broadhurst
Transcript of "Luck" By Samantha Broadhurst
Written by: Mark Twain
Analyzed by: Samantha Broadhurst Scoresby Main character of the story(protagonist)
Fueled by ignorance but saved by luck
Everyone seems to believe he is a hero, except the narrator who thinks Scoresby is an idiot
Scoresby is flat, because Mark Twain says in the beginning and the end that Scoresby is "lovable, good, and sweet". This proves Scoresby does not experience inner change throughout the story Background knowledge on Mark Twain Real name is Samuel Longhorn Clements
American author most famous for
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin"
Often referred to as "The father of American literature" The Reverend Tells the story from his point of view (antagonist)
Decides to tutor Scoresby because he believes Scoresby is going to fail the military test
When Scoresby passes the test and gets promoted to Captain. The Reverend feels it must be a mistake, because Scoresby is too stupid to be responsible for a platoon.
The Reverend enlists under Scoresby command in hopes of making up for his actions.
His character is static because at the end of the story he still believes Scoresby is only a hero because he gets lucky. Plot The exposition is the part of the story that includes important background knowledge. The Exposition The rising action is the point in the plot where things begin to escalate or build toward the climax The point of highest interest in terms of conflict, also known as turning point of the story The
Rising Action The falling action is when the complications of the plot begin to resolve. The
Climax The Resolution is the point when the complications are resolved. The
Resolution The Exposition of Mark Twain's "Luck" is at the banquet and the Reverend starts describing his flashback of how Scoresby became such a "marvelous hero The rising action of "luck" has two parts (both as essential as the other)
when the Reverend realizes how dumb Scoresby is.
When Scoresby gets promoted to command The climax of "Luck" is when Scoresby realizes that the entire Russian army is just on the other side of the hill.
This creates a feeling of suspense within the reader. The falling action of "Luck" is when Scoresby accidentally orders his men to charge the entire Russian army. The resolution in "luck" is when the Reverend returns from the flashback and states that if it wasn't for luck Scoresby would be nothing. Theme: The central idea of a work of literature. The theme of "Luck" is....
"it pays to be lucky" The
Falling Action Theme Supported: The theme can be supported by two facts...
Continuously throughout the story Scoresby seems to be about to fail. However ironically, he actually ends up achieving great success.
The final sentence in the story which states that "the very best thing in all this world that can befall a man is to be born lucky." Style of "Luck": Irony The entire plot of "Luck" is based around how the Reverend expects Scoresby to fail miserably.Yet somehow, "ironically", Scoreby gets lucky and saves himself from disaster.
Examples of Scoresby's "Luck"
Scoresby passes the first test
Then he wins first place in the math test, even though math is his worst subject.
(Of all people) he gets promoted to Captain
The Colonel is killed, leaving Scoresby in charge of his responsibilities
Scoresby orders the charge, and the entire Russian army defeats themselves out of fear. Type of Irony: Situational Irony Throughout the entire story Mark Twain uses situational irony constantly.
Situational Irony is when the character does the complete opposite from what the reader expects them to do.
Examples of Situational Irony:
Passes both his required tests
Charges the entire Russian army instead of retreating like he was ordered to do. Style of "Luck": Foreshadowing Mark Twain uses foreshadowing because in the opening lines of the story Scoresby is referred to as "Lt.- General Lord Arthur Scoresby". The only way Scoresby could acquire such a title is by acts of valor on the battlefield. Symbolism The title of the story "Luck" is symbolic for the fact that sometimes the only way something can be accomplished is by "luck". Mark Twain uses Scoresby to show this symbolism, because throughout the story Scoresby is only able to accomplish certain things because he gets lucky. Point of View Mark Twain writes in first person through the eyes of the Reverend . This can be seen because throughout the story Mark Twain uses words such as "I, we, and us". Internal Conflict and External Conflict The External Conflict: Between Scoresby fighting the Russian Army
The Internal Conflict: Between Scoresby and his own stupidity