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Wait Till Helen Comes
Transcript of Wait Till Helen Comes
A Ghost Story
By:Mary Downing Hahn
Why is Heather a dynamic character?
How did Heather change?
The theme of "Wait Till Helen Comes" is don’t judge a book by it’s cover. No one can tell what is going on in someone else's life that makes them act in certain ways.
The mood in "Wait Till Helen Comes" is scary, suspenseful and mysterious.
Type of Conflict
After saving Heather from drowning, Molly realized how sad she was. Molly told Heather, “I didn’t know you were so unhappy.” She thought about how well Heather had hidden her sadness behind hateful and mean looks.
Heather tried to make their lives miserable to make herself feel better. She told lies about Michael and Molly to Dave and Jean. She made it sound like they tormented her whenever they were alone with her.
"A gust of wind lifted the trailing vines and sent them to us like outreached arms."
Personification is a figure of speech in which human charicteristics are given to an animal or an object
After Molly saved Heather from Helen, Heather told Molly her secret. They decided to act like sisters. That night, Heather said, "sorry I told Helen to wreck your things, Molly. If I could, I'd make her come back and fix everything. Your stuff, and Michael's and Jean's, too." Heather also told her dad her secret. She told Molly afterwards that her dad still loved her and that he knew it was an accident. Heather then buried her head in Molly's stomach and squeezed her.
The conflict in the Climax was man vs supernatural. An example would be when Molly fights Helen to save Heather. Helen wants Molly to live with her for eternity but Molly doesn't want Heather to die.
The relationship of the theme to the story is that Heather had been keeping a secret about how her mother died when she was three years old. Heather had been mean to Michael and Molly since they met. When Heather almost died, Molly realized that Heather was just a sad little girl.
Michael and Molly were looking for Heather. It was about to storm. They found an old, burned down house. It was covered in vines. Even the windows were covered with honeysuckle vines. The vines were being blown by the wind and they seemed to be after Michael and Molly.
One type of figurative language used in the story is personification.
The Dynamic Character in "Wait Till
In the beginning of the story, Heather was not nice. Molly says how Heather is not a normal kid and that she acts more like a two-year-old than a seven-year-old. Heather would do anything to get Molly and Michael in trouble with Dave and Jean. Heather was jealous of her dad loving anyone else. On pg. 25, Molly said that "Even in the darkness I could see the look of hatred that flashed across her pale face at the sight of him embracing mom."
Shhhh... It's also Helen's secret!
How did Heather's
change affect the plot's development?
Heather's change made their life happier. Jean and Dave weren't fighting anymore. Heather didn't feel bad about herself anymore. Now she didn't try to get Molly and Michael in trouble. They lived in a happy and peaceful house.
Another story element is...
The mood of the story is a feeling a reader gets from a literary work.
The mood of the story is setting up the way the book feels. It was scary and mysterious in the beginning and light and friendly at the end so that we know they are getting along.
There are 3 types of Conflict:
Man vs. Man
Man vs. supernatural
Man vs. Self
In the Rising Action, the conflict is Man vs. Man. An example is Heather vs. Molly & Michael. Heather is always trying to get Michael and Molly in trouble with Jean and Dave.
The significance of this conflict is that Heather realizes that Molly loves her.
This conflict led to a resolution because Heather was going to die and spend eternity with Helen. Molly saved her from drowning. Helen made them fall through the floor of the old house and they had to learn to count on each other to survive.
The conflict in the falling action is man vs. self. An example of this would be when Heather choose to die with Helen instead of tell her Dad that she is responsible for her mom’s death.
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Supernatural
Man vs. Self
Heather gets them in trouble all of the time. Molly is mad and starts to follow her around. This is how she found out about Helen.
Since Molly was following Heather around, she saw her go into the lake. Molly was able to fight Helen and save Heather from drowning.
The breeze was gone and all around me the insects struck up a chorus of cheerful summer sounds
It was very silent when Molly heard Heather talking to someone. Then the silence went away and the insects started making noise again. It sounded like a cheerful chorus.
"A little breeze brought the chill of night with it as it tossed the heads of the Queen Anne’s lace blooming all around us."
Molly is with her family in the graveyard. She shivers and Dave asks if she expects to see a ghost. She said she was cold. She describes the wind as being chilly. It is windy enough to move the Queen Anne’s lace flowers.
How did the change the affect the plot's development?
“And Daddy— if I tell him, do you think he’ll forgive me?” “I’m sure he will.” Heather relaxed and leaned against me, her thumb seeking her mouth. “I wish he would come and get us,” she sighed. “I want to go home.”
Heather finally let Molly help her in the basement of the old house. When she saw Helen's mother forgive her, she thought her dad might forgive her too.
The significance of this is that Heather is not nice because she feels guilty about her Mom dying.
Heather forgave herself after telling her dad. She found out he loved her no matter what. She was happier.
Example of Personification
What is the direct connection between the evidence presentd and the dynamic character?