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THE SYSTEM OF DR. TARR AND PROF. FETHER
Transcript of THE SYSTEM OF DR. TARR AND PROF. FETHER
Summary of Plot
The narrator comes upon an old insane asylum with a friend who does not wish to enter. He enters, without his friend, is greeted by the director and gets invited to dinner. At the dinner, things start getting weird. The narrator gets served an out of the ordinary meal and the dinner guest talk about past patients. He discovers that the director is crazy along with the patients. He learns about the old system. Then monster looking creatures attack them and the guests show how crazy they actually are. Then one of the real doctors that works at the asylum regains order in the asylum.
Unnamed Narrator- male, curious, wants to learn
Narrator's Companion- shys away from the asylum and does not want to enter.
Monsieur Maillard- asylum director, devious, insane.
Unknown Female- niece of Maillard.
Climax and Resolution
The climax of the story is when the narrator finds out that Mr. Maillard, the director, was a patient once who later took over the whole asylum and locked away the real doctors and keepers that worked in the asylum underground.
The resolution in
The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether
is when one of the real doctors escaped from underground and regained control over Maillard the night he had his dinner party.
The two types of systems are the conflict in this story. The "soothing system" where there are actual doctors to help heal the insane patients vs. the "system of Tarr and Fether" where they just they patients wander around and are free to do whatever they please.
Far south of Paris in Rural France.
Mood & Tone
The tone is strange, creepy and weird.
The mood is uncomfortable, paranoid, and frightening.
Symbols used in the story
The descriptions of each patients discussed at the dinner table symbolize the disorders and problems that the asylum patients actually have in the story.
The theme in this story is you shouldn't automatically trust everyone you meet right away.